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Daniel

Research Fellow

I am a bioinformatician whose interests lie in developing new algorithms and methods to answer questions of interest to biologists. My recent work has concentrated on genotype imputation. Genotype imputation is important as it improves the power of many genetic studies including those aiming to improve animal or plant breeding and those that investigate the genotypic cause of phenotypic effects.
Early in my academic career, during my PhD (University of Manchester) and first post doc position (University of Kansas, US), my research focused on phylogenetics. In my previous position at Dalhousie University (Canada) I worked on imputation in non-model plant organisms to help identify the genetic basis of commercially important traits in organisms such as apples or grapes. My current work is focused on imputation in large animal datasets, potentially involving millions of animals. This work should help improve breeding strategies in animals such as cattle, pigs and chickens.

Employment History

2016-Present: Post-Doctoral Researcher in Computational Genetics and Genomics

The Roslin Institute, UK.

2014-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational genomics

Dalhousie University, Canada.

2011-2013: Postdoctoral Researcher in Computational phylogenetics

University of Kansas, USA.

2001-2006: Higher Scientific Officer

Ministry of Defence, UK.

Education

2007-2011: PhD Student

Ph.D. in Bioinformatics, University of Manchester, UK.
Thesis: Model and Algorithm Development in Computational Phylogenetics.

2006-2007: MSc Bioinformatics

University of Manchester, UK.
Thesis: Patterns of network evolution in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

1998-2001: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

University of Wales, Swansea, UK.

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