Robert joined EI (then The Genome Analysis Centre, TGAC) in February 2010 as the lead software engineer on the MISO lab information management (LIMS) project, which was released to the community as an open source framework for tracking sequencing experiments in 2012. He subsequently became the Core Bioinformatics Project Leader, managing a team of programmers to advance MISO as well as developing new projects into data infrastructure and management, and the genomic data visualisation tool, TGAC Browser. Robert was appointed as Data Infrastructure and Algorithms Group Leader in late 2012, and continues to lead this Faculty group in researching how best to manage, represent and analyse data for open science, as well as exploring new hardware, algorithms and methodologies to develop tools to push the boundaries of data-driven informatics in the life sciences. The team applies their research expertise to develop infrastructure platforms for data and software dissemination and publication, assembly algorithms for viral and microbial metagenomics, large-scale data visualisation, and best practice and training in bioinformatics.
Robert's main interests are in enterprise-grade software development, with over 15 years experience in system administration, programming, and web service technologies. He enjoys researching data management and associated HPC infrastructure, sequence analysis and quality control pipelines, novel visualisation strategies for sequencing and biological data, metadata and the Semantic Web, and is an advocate of the open science ethos.