I’m Simon, a 42 year old husband, father and bioinformatician, in something approaching that order. I work at Newcastle University, where I head the Bioinformatics Support Unit. We provide analysis services for life science researchers (and some other disciplines too) across the University. My main responsibility is the administration of the unit, and supporting scientists with wide-ranging analysis requests. A developmental biologist/geneticist by training, I like the fact that my job keeps me in touch with ‘real’ scientists. I also do a lot of teaching and training – I’m very keen to get more life scientists familiar with the principles of bioinformatics.
I live in Gateshead with my wife and two sons, we enjoy visiting
Washington Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, and Tynemouth Blue Reef Aquarium, among other local sites. When we get the chance we scarper to explore the marvellous British countryside, from the Lake District to the wild and beautiful Northumberland coast. the garden and literally nowhere else (#stayhome).
I enjoy mucking about with computers in my spare time and am lucky enough to get to spend my work days doing the same. After many naive years as a Windows user, I now use Mac OS X where possible, and Linux where not (Ubuntu is current distro of choice). I also try to be a good advocate for FOSS and Open Science. Note that all content on my sites is freely distributed under a Creative Commons License, where possible.