If you wish to make a connection then you can find me on Twitter, or on LinkedIn. I am happy to extend my networks with anyone in the genomics industry. Feel free to add me on Skype: “DrDanielSwan” is my user ID. There’s a pretty good up to date view of my scientific activity on ORCID.
My background is originally in vertebrate developmental biology as both a PhD student (Imperial College, London) and a post-doc (Edinburgh University). I’ve been involved with producing and analysing sequencing data since the days of pouring my own polyacrylamide gels and Sanger sequencing with radioactive isotopes.
Currently, I’m in Scotland. I’m working for a great company called NCIMB in Aberdeen, and you can find out more about our mission and work on our website. For me this is a great way to close the loop on the kingdoms of life. I’ve worked in mammalian genomics, clinical genomics, plant genomics, and now I am dedicated to microbial genomics and metagenomics. And there are fungi too, so that’s fine. My role is to develop and deliver NGS services for a number of industries including probiotics, food, oil & gas and pharma. I’m also looking at how we can unlock the genomic potential of our 10,000 strain microbial reference collection.
Up until September 2017 I was Head of Platforms and Pipelines (now the Genomics Pipelines Group) at the Earlham Institute in Norwich (formerly The Genome Analysis Centre or TGAC). I looked after our high-throughput genomics and synthetic biology operations and the group that delivers them. I was supervising two BBSRC National Capabilities in Genomics and Single-Cell Analysis, and the Plant and Microbe DNA Foundry. I’m was on Earlham’s Senior Management Team and a Director of Genome Enterprise Limited, Earlham’s subsidiary company.
Prior to this I spent some 4 years in industry as Head of NGS Analysis for Oxford Gene Technology. I spent my time developing NGS related products and services for research, clinical research and commercial customers. This was mainly focused on stratified medicine in cancer, but I also worked on host/pathogen interactions and microbial detection. A highlight was securing £1.4 million in funding from a Genomics England administered SBRI grant “Enabling Technologies for Genomics Sequence Data Analysis and Interpretation” in conjunction wither other members of the Computational Biology Team in a two phase competitive application in 2014 and 2015.
For 7 years I ran the Bioinformatics Support Unit at Newcastle University. My primary focus was next generation sequencing/genomics and transcriptomics/microarray analysis but I collaborated widely within other fields such as neuroinformatics, systems and synthetic biology.
My first taste of non-model organism genomics was forged at the NERC Environmental Bioinformatics Centre (NEBC) supporting environmental genomics, as well as developing bioinformatics training courses and the Bio-Linux Linux distribution.
My inaugural full-time bioinformatics position was at The Genome Centre at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry (QMUL) in 2001 where I focused on supporting clinical genomic investigations into complex human conditions such as obesity and diabetes using draft human genome data. I will forever be indebted to Chaz Mein who runs this still for giving me a break that allowed me to pursue a career focused on genomics data.
If you’re wondering what the header image on the site is, then it is a crop from a photo by Steve Jurvetson. The original can be found on Flickr here. The image is CC BY 2.0. It is a photo of the plastic grating on Watson’s book DNA.