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Avigail Taylor

MEng, DPhil

Technical Lead in Bioinformatics at the Institute of Molecular and Computational Medicine

I joined the Institute of Molecular and Computational Medicine as Technical Lead in Bioinformatics in April 2023. In this role, I lead the bioinformatics and computational biology efforts of Oxford-based IMCM bioinformaticians and other researchers undertaking computational work. I also conduct hands-on bioinformatics work myself, developing and implementing methods for the analysis of novel data types, and building workflows to align analyses across the different IMCM projects.

I am a bioinformatician, computational biologist and software engineer, with an MEng in Computing from Imperial College London, and a DPhil in Bioinformatics from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining the IMCM, I was Deputy Manager of the Bioinformatics Core Facility at the Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, and, before that, I held postdoctoral positions at the University of Oxford and the Medical Research Council. In these positions, I contributed to projects spanning the whole bioinformatics process, from conducting the primary analyses of raw experimental data, to developing and employing downstream, higher-level computational methods for contextualising, integrating and interpreting functional genomics experimental results.

My DPhil was in mouse genomic variation, however I moved into human disease with my second postdoctoral position, and have since been involved in a variety of research areas, including ADHD, prostate cancer and cardiovascular diseases.