Professor and Associated Scientific Director
Department of Biochemistry and Systems Biology, Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability
I studied Biochemistry at Oxford University (including a Distinction in Chemical Pharmacology) followed by a D Phil at the same Institution. I spent many years at the University of Aberystwyth before moving to Manchester (UMIST) in 2002, where I led the Manchester Centre for Integrative Systems Biology. I came to Liverpool in December 2018. I was a Founding Director of Aber Instruments Ltd (Queen's Award for Export Achievement 1998), and I have also served on secondment (0.8 FTE) as Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (2008-2013).
I am at heart a systems biologist, though we like any bounded problems with large search spaces that may nevertheless prove tractable. We often choose to develop both computational and high-throughput experimental methods for navigating such search spaces. There is a focus on the metabolome, a term I co-invented. Other current interests include anti-microbial resistance, membrane transporters.