About me

I'm Professor of Computer and Information Sciences and Acting Head of Department at Northumbria University.

I studied Computer Science at Coventry University, before moving across town and gaining my Ph.D. in DNA Computing from the University of Warwick. I then held a Leverhulme Special Research (now Early Career) Fellowship at the University of Liverpool, before obtaining my first permanent academic post (a joint lectureship in bioinformatics, between Computer Science and Biology). In 2002 I moved to the University of Exeter, to take up a lectureship in bioinformatics. I moved to Manchester Metropolitan University in the summer of 2006; I started at MMU as a Senior Lecturer, was promoted to Reader in 2010, and then to Professor in 2012. In 2018, I returned to my North-Eastern roots, and took up my position at Northumbria.

I am a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a participant in Speakers for Schools, and a long-suffering supporter of Ipswich Town FC.

The best known upper bound on my Erdös number is 3, via one of:

My personal book collection is catalogued here:

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