I am a communicator. I can explain complex ideas effectively to audiences ranging from school-children to university professors. I enjoy creating and presenting talks and seminars. I am also at ease in more formal situations such as courtrooms and live interviews which demand a considered yet immediate response as a professional scientist.

I am a problem solver. I work well in a team, contributing insights and developing new ideas. I also enjoy the challenge of setting my own goals, and I possess the self-motivation to reach those goals.

I am a scientist. I have professional experience in mathematics, astronomy, computing and genomics. I take a delight in learning about new developments in all areas of science and technology. I bring the rigour and discipline of the scientific method to all aspects of my work.


1981-1984: University College London, B.Sc. (Honours) Mathematics and Astronomy

1984-1987: University of Liverpool, Ph.D. in applied mathematics, for research on satellite dynamics

2003-2006: The Open University, Postgraduate Diploma in Computing for Commerce and Industry


2011-present: Senior database administrator at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge 1999-2010: Software developer at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge 1996-1998: Astronomer and software developer in Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office, Royal Greenwich Observatory 1990-1996: Lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London 1987-1990: Computer Algebra Support Project, University of Liverpool Computer Laboratory



My 1987 Ph.D. thesis The Dynamics of the Outer Satellites of Saturn is available is a set of PDF files.

I have thirty publications, including two books and eighteen papers in leading peer-reviewed journals.


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