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Dr Kira Mourao

Kira Mourao Kira joined the group on 1st October 2015 as part of our BBSRC funded collaboration with Gordon Simpson. On 1st October 2016 she moved to a new position with the Jalview Team.

After a first degree in Maths and Computation at the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Operational Research at the University of Lancaster, Kira spent 8 years working as a software developer and team lead, working on projects ranging from staff and production scheduling, internet traffic simulations, geographical information systems, and machine vision for inspecting carpets and sorting mushrooms (not at the same time). Following an MSc and PhD in Neuroinformatics at the University of Edinburgh, and a postdoc working on an EU cognitive robotics project, she decided it was time to swap artificial life forms for real ones by joining the Barton group.

In her free time she can be found 'relaxing' in Body Combat classes, pottering around the garden, or tracking down remote branches of her family tree.


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Kira joined the group on 1st October 2015.

Dr Kimon Froussios

Kimon Froussios Kimon has joined the group as part of our BBSRC funded collaboration with Gordon Simpson.

Kimon studied Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, eventually realizing that computer programming offered him a much more satisfying experience than pipettes and colourless microdroplets. He swung away from the wet lab with an MSc in Bioinformatics at the same university. Leaving the sun behind, he completed a PhD in Bioinformatics at King's College London, and then moved across the UK, further away from any hint of the unbearable Mediterranean warmth, to join the Barton Group as a postdoc bioinformatician crunching transcriptomic data.

Throughout most of his life, Karate has kept Kimon sane and healthy, both through training and teaching. Other activities include photography, music, cycling, diving and an insatiable appetite for building LEGO.


Kimon joined us on 1st October 2015

Mungo Carstairs

Mungo Carstairs Mungo has joined the Jalview team as a software developer to help with new feature development and architectural enhancements.

A degree in Maths at Cambridge University led on to a career in software development, ranging from commmercial systems to healthcare to financial services, with a stint of lecturing in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, as a digression. An MSc at Edinburgh University in Knowledge Based Systems was followed by time spent applying expert system and neural network technologies in industry. Latterly he has led teams of Java developers, and developed special interests in application security, development best practice and software quality assurance. He is looking forward to the challenge of embarking on a new career in Bioinformatics.

Outside of work, he relaxes by playing the violin or saxophone, or enjoying long bike rides in the country lanes of Perthshire.


Mungo joined us on 1st September 2014

Dr Stuart MacGowan

Stuart MacGowan Stuart started out studying Chemistry part-time at the University of the West of Scotland (formerly Paisley University) as part of an apprenticeship with Ciba Specialty Chemicals. To advance more quickly, he went to university full time and achieved his B.Sc. Chemistry and Mathematics and then single-honours in Chemistry. A few months ago he completed his Ph.D. after four fun years researching structural effects in photosynthesis using various data analysis methods and computational chemistry at Trinity College Dublin. Stuart is working to identify causative variation in the exomes of patients with rare skin disorders as part of the DGEM collaboration with Irwin McLean. He is also interested in ways to join the dots between sequence, structure, function and disease in general. To relax he enjoys watching all things sci-fi, playing classical guitar and being "affectionately" mauled by his cat.


Stuart MacGowan publications

Stuart joined the group on 21st July 2014

Dr Suzanne Duce

Suzanne Duce Suzanne has joined us as training and outreach officer who will focus on developing manuals, courses and web presence for Jalview and our other services such as Jabaws, Jpred , Kinomer and Taro.

After a first degree in Chemistry at the University of Southampton, she worked at the Institute of Food Research (Norwich) before study for a PhD in MRI at the University of Cambridge. She was awarded a Herchel Smith PhD Fellowhip (1987) from University of Cambridge, and a Career Re-entry Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust (2007). She has published over 30 scientific research papers, 19 as a principle author. Several of Suzanne's MRI images have been published on textbooks, displayed in the Wellcome Images collection and hung in a variety of exhibitions including Vision of Discovery exhibition (2009 and 2013). Suzanne is also a Director and Chair of a UK charity "Children First Uganda" that supports the most vulnerable children in Uganda.


Suzanne Duce publications

Suzanne joined the group on 5th Feb 2014.

Fábio Madeira

Fabio Madeira Fábio joined us as Ph.D. student on the Wellcome Trust Ph.D. programme in September 2013. His project was to study the impact of genetic variation on protein structure and interfaces. He submitted his Ph.D. in August 2016 and then became a Research Assistant in the group.

Before joining the group, Fábio obtained his B.Sc. in Biochemistry and his M.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Biomedicine at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Getting more interested in programming and databases, Fábio shifted to bioinformatics joining the group of Prof. Ludwig Krippahl, where he worked on correlated-mutations and protein-protein docking.

When he is away from the computer, Fábio can be found at the swimming pool or most likely at the music room, where he dives into his piano improvisation.


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Fábio joined the Group on: 1st September 2013.

Fábio successfully defended his Ph.D. Thesis at the end of 2016. His examiners were David Jones from (UCL) and Helen Walden (Dundee). Since October 2016, Fábio has been working on the BBSRC funded Dundee Resource project which includes JPred and the JABAWS webservices.

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.

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.


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Nick Schurch on Twitter

Nick joined the Group on 1st May 2009

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

Dr Jim Procter

Jim Procter From 1st October 2009, Jim became the Jalview Coordinator funded by BBSRC for 5 years to oversee new developments in the Jalview multiple alignment analysis workbench. Jim was previously involved in the EU ENFIN project with work on various aspects of systems biology software development applied to biological data.

Before ENFIN, Jim was a BBSRC Funded postdoctoral RA working on the Visualisation and Analysis of Biological Sequences Alignments and structures project. In particular, the development of Jalview and the VAMSAS exchange API.

Jim came across the water from the University of Hamburg's ZBH to implement bioinformatics analysis web services for Jalview as part of the BBSRC fundedVAMSAS project. After spending a number of years working on protein structure comparison and structure prediction, his dream is never to have to write a script again - but concedes that he might be being a little bit too hopeful there...


Jim Procter publications

Jim Procter on Twitter

Jim joined the Group on 1st November 2004.

Prof. Geoff Barton

Geoff Barton Geoff Barton did his first degree in Biochemistry at the University of Manchester. He then performed Ph.D. research supervised by Mike Sternberg in the Department of Crystallography, Birkbeck College, University of London before spending two years as an ICRF Fellow working with Chris Rawlings at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Labs. (Now called CRUK.) in London. In 1989 he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to set up his own group in the Lab of Molecular Biophysics, University of Oxford. From April 1995 until October 1997, Geoff was also Head of Genome Informatics at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford.

From 1st October 1997-July 2001 Geoff was a Research and Development Team Leader at the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge

From 1st January 1998-July 2001 Geoff was also head of the European Macromolecular Structure Database at EBI which is now known as the Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe).

From 30th March 2001 Geoff has been Professor of Bioinformatics at the School of Life Sciences,University of Dundee. Geoff moved to Dundee full-time in July 2001 and more recently founded the Data Analysis Group in collaboration with the GRE Centre.

Geoff has been Head of the Division of Computational Biology since 1st January 2013. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB).


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Geoff used to spend his leisure time working with the Men in Black, he then teamed up with the The Three Musketeers but now he does his best to support The Students. In July 2005 he also discovered tennis. After finding like-minded musical colleagues he revived his love of flute playing, and on 8th May 2010 had the first review of his playing published in The Courier. You can hear some recordings here. He occasionally writes for and improvises on keyboard/synth when he is supposed to be doing other things... Geoff also maintains the Dundee West End Weather Station with records going back to 2002. He has been asked to comment on local weather in the national press including a 3 minute interview in 2013 on BBC2 by Judith Ralston .



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