Researcher

Dr Richard Edwards

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ABOUT ME

Biography

My research interests stem from a fascination with the molecular basis of evolutionary change and how we can harness the genetic sequence patterns left behind to make useful predictions about contemporary biological systems. I started my academic career as a geneticist, modelling how transposable elements may be selectively retained and spread through a clonal populations of bacteria. After my PhD, I moved into full-time...view more

ABOUT ME

Biography

My research interests stem from a fascination with the molecular basis of evolutionary change and how we can harness the genetic sequence patterns left behind to make useful predictions about contemporary biological systems. I started my academic career as a geneticist, modelling how transposable elements may be selectively retained and spread through a clonal populations of bacteria. After my PhD, I moved into full-time bioinformatics, with a focus on protein sequence analysis.

As a postdoc in Dublin, I developed a bioinformatics (sequence analysis) method for rational design of biologically active short peptides. The biological activity of these short peptides got me interested in short protein-protein interaction motifs, which have been the subsequent focus of my research. During my second postdoc, I coined the term "Short Linear Motif" (SLiM) for a specific type of protein interaction motif and was instrumental in developing SLiMDisc and SLiMFinder, two of the first algorithms for successfully predicting them from protein sequences.

Since starting my own research group in 2007, I have continued to work on the development and application of SLiM discovery tools. I have also developed sequence analysis pipelines for a number of different collaborative projects. I moved to UNSW in late 2013.

Education

  • 1998: BSc (Hons) Genetics. University of Nottingham, UK.
  • 2002: PhD (Genetics). University of Nottingham, UK.

Employment History

  • Nov 2013-present: Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics, School of BABS, UNSW, Australia.
  • 2014-2016: Adjunct Associate Professor. Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK.
  • 2013-2014: Senior Lecturer. Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK.
  • 2011-2013: Lecturer (Bioinformatics and Molecular Evolution), Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK.
  • 2007-2011: Senior Research Fellow (Bioinformatics), Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK.
  • 2005-2007: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bioinformatics, Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, University College Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2001–2005: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Bioinformatics, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland.

RESEARCH

Please visit the lab blog for details of current research: http://edwardslab.blogspot.com.au/p/research.html.

 

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Location

Room 2110, E26 Bioscience South

Contact

02 9385-0490