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Welcome to Geoff Barton's Bioinformatics Research Group

CompBio Division We are in the Research Division of Computational Biology based in the Discovery Centre which opened on 1st October 2014 in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

The School of Life Sciences has 85 research groups, with 800 scientists and support staff from 60 countries and was rated the top UK University Biological Sciences department for research in the UK Government Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Here you can learn about what we do, discover who is in the group and what they are doing, find links to our publications on the navigation bar, browse our software and databases and take a look at some of our group videos.

For the latest news from the group, please see our twitter feed.

New Group Servers!

December 2014: 1433Pred is a new server to predict the location of binding sites for 14-3-3 proteins.

January 2015: JPred4 is the latest version of the JPred secondary structure prediction server. It has a more accurate prediction algorithm and many updated features and improvements.

Featured Software and Servers

You can browse our Software and Databases page for details, but some highlights are:

Jalview Jabaws Simple Logo JPred PIPs Logo polyAdb


Funding and Featured Collaborations

Our core funding to support research and development of Jalview, Jpred and related software is from the BBSRC and Wellcome Trust. For details of other current and past funding, see our people pages.

We have a longstanding BBSRC funded collaboration with Dr Gordon Simpson on RNA processing. This has included pioneering work on the analysis of RNA expression and polyadenylation in plants by Direct RNA Sequencing, much of which is encapsulated in our polyAdb database.

We collaborate closely with the lab of Prof Irwin McLean on human skin disease through a Wellcome Trust strategic grant to the Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine.

Outreach Activities

The most prominent outreach activity from our group over the last few years has been the GenomeScroller exhibit.

Our essay on The UK Academic System (Now Version 3.0 March 2014) aims to help people to understand how scientific careers develop, what the terms Reader and Professor mean in the UK, how scientists fund and publish their work and how they are assessed.


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