Nick works as Professor of Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics in the Institute for Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham. His research explores the use of cutting-edge genomics and metagenomics approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of infectious disease. Nick has so far used high-throughput sequencing to investigate outbreaks of important Gram-negative multi-drug resistant pathogens, and recently helped establish real-time genomic surveillance of Ebola in Guinea. His current work focuses on the development of novel sequencing and bioinformatics methods to aid the interpretation of genome and metagenome scale data generated in clinical and public health microbiology.
PhD – University of Birmingham
Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham
Nick works as Professor of Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics in the Institute for Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham. Following a PhD in comparative bacterial genomics with Mark Pallen, he has developed research interests in microbial genomics and metagenomics for a broad range of bacterial pathogens. Nick spends much of his time tracking developments in new sequencing technologies with an eye to applying them to a range of medical and biological problems.
Nick leads CLIMB COVID-19, led by the University of Birmingham and Cardiff University, which is a big data project currently supporting the COVID-19 Genomics Consortium (COG-UK), set up to deliver large scale, rapid sequencing of the causes of COVID-19.