Experts in delivering bioinformatics services

Our highly dedicated team have scientific backgrounds in either post-doc research or bioinformatics.

GB is a private company based in Reading, UK. It was founded in 2004 by Dr Liz Reynolds who identified the need for specialists who could deliver expert bioinformatics services within corporate settings.

From its inception, GB has provided custom services that are not tied to specific products but instead focus on the challenges of using bioinformatics effectively in each client’s corporate research world.

GB staff have a scientific background in either post-doc research or bioinformatics. This broad range of expertise makes our service relevant to a wide variety of customer challenges, it is outcome focussed not product centric, and is backed up with strong technological capability. We build long lasting relationships with our clients, meeting a variety of their needs, being with them as their businesses evolve and as bioinformatics changes.

Where we need to supplement on our in-house expertise we reach out to our network of affiliates who bring world recognised domain specific knowledge.

Team biogs:

Liz Reynolds
CEO & CSO

Liz provides the scientific insight to lead the strategic direction of the company, working alongside clients to ensure that we understand and meet their business needs and scientific requirements. She provides advice to government funding bodies and is a recognised industry expert in the field. From her background in diverse research organisations Liz integrates extensive bioinformatics knowledge with scientific and business insight to maximize the value of bioinformatics data and tools in a corporate research context.

Ken Baker
Bioinformatics Consultant

Ken provides custom science analysis services and the bioinformatics application tools that support them. He has extensive experience in managing data, tools and pipeline automation for genomic analyses, and specialises in non-model organisms and customer proprietary data. Originally a research scientist in the fields of Immunology and Protein Engineering, he has over twenty years of bioinformatics experience at the strategic, technical and operational levels in both industry and academia.

Stephanie Widdison
Bioinformatics Consultant

Stephanie has a current focus in bioinformatics methods to support research into Mode of Action, Resistance, Lead Generation and Analytical Sciences using big omics data-sets, primarily NGS. She provides custom support to research organisations including interaction with scientists, recommending data and methods, providing bespoke analyses and user training. Stephanie has a scientific background in Animal Genomic research.

Joanna Parmley
Bioinformatics Developer

Joanna develops and deploys customer tools for data analysis and research, as well as providing bespoke services to client bioinformaticians and their challenges. She is primarily concerned with the deployment and visualisation of data. Joanna has a background in Comparative Genomics and Evolution in the human genome.

Eleanor Cottam
Bioinformatics Consultant

Eleanor delivers scientific bioinformatics expertise on client projects especially in understanding complex science requirements and the use of the client’s proprietary data. She leads the development of our in-house integrated data platform focusing it on known research challenges. Eleanor's research background is in molecular biology, population genetics and molecular epidemiology of viruses. Her research has included the application of phylogenetics, next generation deep sequencing, and mathematical modelling to molecular data.

Mike Way
Bioinformatics Consultant

Mike provides custom bioinformatics support to research scientists including target research, genomic analyses and data curation. Mike has a scientific background in quantitative genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Oliver Huish
IT Manager

Oliver designs and implements our own data systems and computer infrastructure as well as working with clients on integrating our services into their computing environment. He specialises in secure highly available infrastructure, systems automation and developing robust web applications. Oliver graduated as a Biochemist, has always worked with computers and has previously designed and implemented systems for an international online media and gaming company.

Paul Westlake
Systems Administrator

Paul provides support and administration to users of our own and customer installed systems and infrastructure, and deals with integrating new technologies into the platforms. He manages the continuous update of our data warehouse. Paul has extensive experience across Unix and Linux platforms for large businesses.

Jim Reynolds
Chairman & COO

Jim provides a critical bridge between the operational management of GB activity and the strategic direction of the company. He is sought after for discussions with senior management in our clients about the direction of bioinformatics in science research. A senior executive from the IT and Telecoms industry with extensive experience in technology, marketing and operations, he has a track record up to board level in large corporate environments as well as start-up companies in US and Europe.

General Bioinformatics affliates network

The GB affiliates network is a set of academic and industry experts with whom GB collaborates in order to provide cutting edge skills and expertise and strengthen our service offering.

With this affiliate network, GB can provide clients with comprehensive expertise and knowledge in specific areas with specialists and academic authorities.:

  • James Abbott, Next Generation Sequencing Technologies
  • Enza Collona, Population genetics
  • Azra Krek, RNAi
  • Ian Harrow, Text mining
  • Ian Simpson, Ontology methods
  • Xueping Quan, Clinical genetics

GB is always ready to work with new affiliates and permanent staff who share our ambitions to deliver excellence in Bioinformatics services. We are especially happy to hear from people who believe that they have specialist skills that are ready to be deployed into the world of science.

Enabling discovery through connecting data with science