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DAG Group Members

Full Members of the Data Analysis Group

Full members of the DAG are funded specifically to collaborate on a range of projects across the School of Life Sciences and beyond. They are supported by discussions with the wider Barton Group members, in particular those who are working full-time on collaborative projects.

Dr Christian (Chris) Cole

Chris Cole Chris is Senior Bioinformatics Research Officer and founder member of the Data Analysis Group. Like former Group member Ian Overton, Chris previously worked in Simon Hubbard's group at Manchester. Chris found the attraction of Dundee too great to miss, he dragged his family along with him, although his wife was happy to be back in Scotland!

Chris left the bench after a traumatising Ph.D. and has been "doing" Bioinformatics ever since. In that time he has worked on protein-protein interface prediction, homology modelling, prion protein structure analysis and various aspects of proteomics.

Chris joined the Group to forge links between the Barton Group and wet-lab researchers in the School of Life Sciences. He worked on protein structure prediction and proteomics, before being the first to do deep analysis of Next Generation DNA sequencing data in Dundee in collaboration with Gyorgy Hutvagner. He then became the founding member of the Data Analysis Group (DAG) and from March 2011 has worked primarily on a Wellcome Trust Funded collaboration with Irwin McLean. In March 2014 he returned full-time to the Data Analysis Group but will maintain his involvement with the Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine (DGEM).


Chris Cole publications

Chris Cole on Twitter

Chris joined the Group on 1st Feb 2006.

Dr Marek Gierlinski

Marek Gierlinski Marek is a member of the Data Analysis Group (DAG) a sub-group of the Barton Group. He is supported by funding from the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression as part of our joint venture to carry out innovative data analysis for high data content/high-throughput techniques such as proteomics mass-spectrometry and next generation DNA sequencing.

Marek was born and educated in Poland. He graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and completed his PhD in astrophysics at N. Copernicus Centre in Warsaw. He moved to The University of Durham in 2000 as a postdoc and stayed there until 2009 in a succession of research and teaching positions. His main interest there was weird astrophysical objects: black holes and neutron stars. 2009 marked a dramatic change in his career: switching to Bioinformatics. One huge step for a man!


Marek Gierlinski publications

Marek Gierlinski on Twitter

Marek joined the DAG on 23rd March 2009

Associate Members of the Data Analysis Group

Associate members of the DAG are either on project grants with specific goals, or have responsibilities in NGS or proteomics. Associates include: Dr Nick Schurch and Dr Stuart Macgowan, but all members of the Barton Group contribute advice to DAG projects in their areas of expertise.

Former Members of the Data Analysis Group

DAG Alumni have moved on to a range of other jobs in Dundee and elsewhere!

Dr Nick Schurch

Nick Schurch Nick, like Marek (below), has also made the transition from astronomy to biology. Nick studied for an MSci in physics at the University of Bristol, before completing his astrophysics Ph.D. at the University of Leicester. Nick has had postdoc positions on three continents (Europe, USA and Asia) culminating with a UK-China Fellowship for Excellence with the Institute for High Energy Physics in Beijing, China, before joining the Barton Group in 2009. Nick has always had a strong interest in biology (despite studying physics) and over the past few years has enjoyed working in a field with more immediate relevance to the world! Nick enjoys watching films, falconry, and all things football (he is a lifelong Liverpool fan despite not coming from Liverpool!).

Nick was originally part of the Data Analysis Group (DAG) a sub-group of the Barton Group. He was supported by funding from the Scottish Universities Life Science Alliance (SULSA) as part of our venture to carry out innovative data analysis for high data content/high-throughput techniques such as proteomics mass-spectrometry and next generation DNA sequencing.


Nick Schurch publications

Nick Schurch on Twitter

Nick joined the DAG on 1st May 2009


On 1st July 2012 Nick moved onto a joint BBSRC grant between Geoff Barton and Gordon Simpson to work on non-coding RNA in Arabidopsis.

Dr Pieta Schofield

Pieta Schofield Pieta is a member of the Data Analysis Group (DAG) a sub-group of the Barton Group. Pieta is supported by funding from the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression as part of our joint venture to carry out innovative data analysis for high data content/high-throughput techniques such as proteomics mass-spectrometry and next generation DNA sequencing.

After working as a programmer and systems analyst for various finance sector companies, Pieta spent five years working as systems manager for the Parke-Davis Neuroscience Research Centre in Cambridge. She then returned to academia completing a PhD in mathematical biology at the University of Dundee in 2002. Since then she completed a Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship in Mathematical Biology, switching theoretical insects for the real thing. Pieta joined the Data Analysis Group in January 2009 from the SCRI where she developed methods for thermographic detection of plant stress.


Pieta joined the DAG on 1st January 2009


After over 7 years in the group and 18 years in Dundee, Pieta left in August 2016 for a new job at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute.

Manikhandan Mudliar (Mani)

Mani Mudliar Prior to joining the group Mani worked at the Translational Medicine Research Collaboration (TMRC), Dundee as a bioinformatics analyst where he was involved in a canine lymphoma translational project, colorectal cancer biomarker discovery and COPD biomarker discovery projects. Although now working in bioinformatics research, he was originally trained as a veterinarian and obtained a professional veterinary degree (BVSc & AH), from Nagpur Veterinary College, India. Mani then worked as a Veterinary Officer for the Government of Tamil Nadu for 9 years. His role included the important job of overseeing the health of all the elephants in the region - he is the only person ever to be in the DAG who has performed autopsies on 12 elephants! His immense desire to keep abreast in the cutting edge of drug discovery brought him to the UK to do an MSc in Bioinformatics at Cranfield University before moving to his job at the TMRC.


Mani joined the DAG on 1st April 2011.


Mani moved on to a bioinformatics job at the University of Glasgow on 9th July 2012. He then completed a Ph.D. and is now a team leader in bioinformatics at Glasgow.



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