Cranfield's bioinformatics activity comprises a group of entirely computer-based expertise in systems biology, drug discovery, toxicology, analytical methods development, biomarker discovery, food science and basic biology.

We are concentrating on the following main research areas:

  • Chemometrics for interpretation of chemical & metabolomic data
  • Data integration for systems biology
  • Development of decision making tools and prediction models for food safety and freshness profiling
  • Web development for big data management and visualisation in -omics research.

We apply this expertise to a range of areas, including systems biology, drug discovery, toxicology, analytical methods development, biomarker discovery, food science and basic biology.

Our people

Dr Fady Mohareb
Dr Michael Cauchi

Our facilities and resources

Cranfield’s bioinformatics researchers benefit from a strong hardware base, including a number of powerful workstations and servers. These servers are used to host novel data sets on which we are working, as well as local copies of primary databases such as Ensembl. Our servers are housed in Cranfield's data centre, where they benefit from climate control, an uninterrupted power supply, and high security.

We have a wide-range of proprietary and open source software installed, including Mascot, X!Tandem, MySQL, PostgreSQL, R and Matlab. We also have dedicated servers for web-based applications that we have developed, such as MRMaid and SORF.

For highly computationally intensive work, we have access to the university's state-of-the-art high performance computing facility.

Research opportunities

Our students thrive on producing the highest quality research. Much of which takes place in collaboration with our extensive pool of industrial partners. Our excellent links facilitate our increasing demand for research students.

We welcome speculative applications from students wishing to pursue their own research interest. If you would like to suggest a project of your own choosing please contact us so we can assign you a suitable supervisor.

Supporting your business

In addition to conducting basic bioinformatics research, we also provide off-the-shelf data analysis services aimed at meeting common research and development needs. Each service is built around a template specification of work and deliverables, reducing the time and cost needed to commission a piece of work. The first service is our pattern recognition solution:

Pattern Recognition: We build pattern recognition systems capable of identifying sample types based on data acquired from analytical instruments or sensors. The analytical data from each sample is used as a fingerprint from which the sample can be identified.

If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please contact us. Services are offered to both industry and academic groups, and all enquiries are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

We lead and collaborate in diverse research and consultancy projects, both nationally and internationally. Our collaborators include:

  • Cambridge University
  • European Bioinformatics Institute
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Sanofi Aventis
  • UCB
  • Unilever
  • University of Athens.