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

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 leads our data design, standardisation and integration services. This requires deep knowledge of a diverse range of public data sources, their structure and inter-relationships and expertise in integration technologies, particularly RDF. Her client work focuses on the integration and management of proprietary data alongside public data, preparation of bespoke data packages and large-scale data extraction. Joanna has a background in genetics and comparative genomics.

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 bioinformatics support to research scientists including target research, NGS analyses and data curation. He supports the development of bespoke scripts and pipelines as well as the creation of tools for interactive data visualization. Mike has a background in biochemistry, population genetics and molecular biology.

Grace Logan
Bioinformatics Consultant

Grace provides bioinformatics support to research scientists including target research and Omics analyses. Her research background is in molecular biology, viral evolution & microbiome evolution. Her previous research has included the creation & use of large NGS data sets to interrogate genetic changes in disease causing agents & the environment in which they exist.

Oli Steadman
Data Systems Consultant

Oli is the lead IT developer for GB. He provides automation for data loading and updating, and builds a range of applications to allow users to interact with scientific data; as well as designing and maintaining the technical infrastructure that supports them, within General Bioinformatics and inside clients’ own computing environments. Oli has a background in Chemistry and in building commercial applications & databases, focussing more recently on the automation of deployment & system operations.

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.

Katrina Parker

Katrina does all the administration for the company including the book keeping processes.

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.

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.

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