The impact of my book, Microarray Bioinformatics (CUP 2003), has reached a new milestone today, achieving 200 citations on Google Scholar. I’m absolutely delighted that this book has made a positive difference to the research of so many groups. It is now, of course, increasingly out of date: DNA microarrays will continue to give way to deep sequencing technologies, and there are many new bioinformatic methods that have been developed since I wrote the book, possibly most importantly, those that integrate transcriptomic data with other data sources. Nonetheless, I would estimate that sales and citations will continue for another couple of years – a 10 year life-span for a book of this type being quite reasonable.
The public lecture I gave on Mathematical Modelling in Biology last Thursday as part of the Knowledge Transfer series is now available as an MP3 audio podcast here: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/images-multimedia/impact/audio/math-modelling.mp3. The lecture slides, along with audio and visual downloads from other public Knowledge Transfer lectures, are also available on this site at: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/biosciences/impactinbiosciences/knowledgetransfer/knowledgetransfer.aspx
We are hoping to be in a position to post the video on Nottingham Universities iTunes U site – watch this space.
I will be delivering two seminars this week.
On Wednesday I will be giving a talk in the local “Knowledge Transfer” series about mathematical modelling in biology. This talk is for general audience: all are welcome. 11:30am, Rushcliffe Restaurant, Sutton Bonington Campus.
Closer to home, on Thursday I will be speaking in the Applied Maths seminar series at the University of Leicester on dynamical models and inference for bacterial gene regulation. 2pm, Room 119, Michael Atiyah Building.
Please come to either or both if you are interested.
Dr Hiroki Takahashi has now finished his four-month visit to our laboratory and will be returning to Japan tomorrow.
Hiroki’s stay has been very successful: he has implemented new models for zinc uptake and efflux in Escherichia coli and used statistical inference to integrate these with new Lux expression data generated by our other Japanese visitor this summer, Dr Taku Oshima, who was visiting Jon Hobman‘s laboratory.
Hiroki and his family will be much missed and we look forward to seeing them on a subsequent trip to Japan. Thanks also to Alex Marshall for arranging Hiroki’s leaving do – pictured below!
We welcome Matthias Gerstgrasser to the group. Matthias writes:
I joined Dov’s team in September 2011 as a Masters by Research student to work on computational modeling of phenotype responses in Brewer’s yeast (though the techniques involved would be equally applicable to other types of microbial growth). This research project investigates Markov Chain Monte Carlo techniques and Bayesian model fitting applied to data generated by biologists at UoN’s brewing science department. This being a highly inter-disciplinary project, and in order to facilitate the cross-fertilisation between the two groups, my research project is run under the umbrella of the MRes brewing science programme, while I am based in Dov’s group for day to day work.
While my previous courses featured some independent research this is my first full-time research position, and also somewhat of a departure from my previous background. I currently hold degrees in pure maths (and, less relevantly perhaps, theoretical linguistics), however I have been wanting to move into more applied fields for a while and have had a long-standing interest in computer science, particularly where it intersects with mathematics. I am thus particularly excited about the research project at hand as this will allow me to combine these disparate interests in a single research area, and I hope to ultimately be able to pursue a research career in this or a similar field.
For those interested, my previous major papers / theses were a Masters thesis in linguistics focusing in negative island obviation effects, a phenomenon recently gathering some attention in formal semantics, and an essay submitted as part of my Masters degree in maths, presenting an introduction to some aspects of algorithmic game theory, particularly price of anarchy results in routing games. These are available on-line at http://othes.univie.ac.at/10735/ and http://gerstgrasser.net/partiiiessay.pdf respectively.
We hope that Matthias has a happy and productive time with us at Nottingham.