The Team

We are a team of multidisciplinary scientists working in different areas of research. Get to know us:


Professor Francesco Falciani


Francesco is a specialist in developing novel computational approaches in systems biology and the application of these techniques to complex biological systems.  Projects in Francesco’s research group range from modelling the effect of pollutants in the environment to cancer and ageing.  Research in his lab is funded by UK research councils, the European commission, DEFRA and industry.

Professor Andy Jones

Andy is a specialist in proteome informatics and post genomic science.  His particular areas of interest include new algorithms and software, databases, data sharing, and the interface between different types of Omics data. He has a strong track record in developing software and data standards for mass spectrometry (proteomics and more recently metabolomics), and has developed popular databases in immunogenetics.

Associated directors

Dr Philipp Antczak


Philipp has a well-established track record of developing and applying computational tools to areas of biomedical and environmental science.  His particular area of expertise is data driven biology.

Dr Dan Rigden -Protein specialist

Dan is a specialist in protein sequence and structural bioinformatics. He is particularly interested in using 3D modelling of all kinds to understand, predict and redesign protein catalysis, specificity and interactions. He is equally enthused by cryptic genome sequences and well-characterised proteins of medical or industrial relevance. For more information about Dan’s expertise follow this link.

CBF staff

Dr Eva Caamaño-Gutiérrez – Project manager/Data Scientist


Eva joined the Facility after a PhD in Systems Biology at the University of Warwick and a short-term research fellowship at the Warwick Antimicrobial Interdisciplinary Centre. She has broad experience in NMR metabolomics, data integration and her interest lie in application-based and translational biology. She leads the organisation and deployment of our most popular courses and events. Since August 2018 she is also acting project manager of the facility, coordinating all our work.

Dr Kim Clarke – Data Scientist


Kim completed his PhD in functional genomics and systems biology at the University of Birmingham. He joined the CBF as a full-time data analyst after a post-doctoral position investigating the molecular drivers of metastasis in renal tumours He continues to specialise in applying multi-omics based strategies to issues of human health and diseases.

Dr Arturas Grauslys – Data Scientist


Arturas joined the Facility after a PhD in Systems Biology at the University of Warwick and a short post-doctoral position developing NMR metabolomics software. He is most interested in computational statistics and Machine learning and currently working with biological networks with the aim to classify compounds’ modes of action.

 Dr Antony McCabe- Senior Software Engineer


Tony is a computer scientist with wide experience in software development and database creation. He is currently working on a number of different bioinformatic software projects. This includes the Allele Frequencies Net Database, the ChannelBank prototype as well as in-house software for research purposes and data visualisation.

Mr Simon Perkins – Senior Software Engineer / Data scientist


Simon joined the facility after an MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester and a position developing proteomics software within the university. Previously he has worked in industry as a software engineer and for CRUK as a proteomics analyst. He is most interested in enabling and developing bespoke proteomic analyses and software as well as developing a growing expertise in machine learning for biological applications.

Mr John Heap – Senior Software Engineer


John joined the CBF after over 20 years of industry experience developing various pipelines and solutions for life sciences. He is now working in an assortment of projects including the use of social media to improve determination of adverse effect of commercialized drugs. He is also our tranSMART expert.

Dr Louise Takeshita – Data Scientist

Louise joined CBF after a PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. She has a broad experience in database creation, genetic data curation, population genetics and 3D protein docking analysis. During her PhD, she has applied varied bioinformatics approaches to investigate immunogenetics problems.

Dr Mara Kozic – Data Scientist

Mara joined the CBF after a PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Liverpool. She has broad experience in protein sequence and structural bioinformatics. She is particularly interested in 3D modelling, molecular dynamics, developing bespoke pipelines, and applying machine learning in biology.