Organisation profile

Organisation profile

World-wide research in molecular biology is producing large amounts of data that stand in need of computerised analysis. The data is of several types: not only sequence data of DNA and of proteins, such as that provided by the Human Genome Initiative, but also the three-dimensional structures of some proteins, and other types of data, such as the simultaneous levels of activity of large numbers of genes, and data on the binding affinities of many antibodies to many substances.

This new wealth and variety of data contains the answers to many scientific questions and the keys to many medical advances. But to answer the new types of question that are being asked, new computational techniques are needed, and machine learning is a field that is providing some of the answers. Within the last four years, techniques from machine learning have become standard methods in computational biology.


Current Research

We are involved in a variety of different areas within Bioinformatics including gene prediction, Protein-DNA interactions, reconstructing Biological networks from transcriptomic data and identifying markers in human serum using proteomic data. In particular, we are adapting machine learning and other methods developed in the Department in this area.


Research Opportunities

This is a new and exciting area of research and we are looking for postgraduate students to work with us. We have an active PhD community and the MSc in Computer Science by Research includes a Bioinformatics Strand.


Bioinformatics resources and tools developed at Royal Holloway

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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