School of Biomedical Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Simon Cockell

Senior Experimental Scientific Officer (BSU)



My background is in experimental molecular biology, particularly the scaffolding of signal transduction processes. Since leaving the lab to pursue a Bioinformatics career, I have gained an MRes degree in the subject, and spent 13 years in the Bioinformatics Support Unit providing practical support to a wide array of researchers.

Roles and Responsibilities

Administration of the Bioinformatics Support Unit. Support for a range of Bioinformatics needs across the University.


B.Sc. (Hons) - Biochemistry and Genetics - University of Nottingham, 1999
Ph.D. - Genetics - University of Leicester, 2004
M.Res. - Bioinformatics and Computational Biology - University of Leeds, 2005


Research Interests

My work with the BSU means that I do not get sufficient time to persue my independent research interests, but many of the projects with which I am involved dovetail well with those interests.

  • Structure-based approaches to prediction of protein-protein interactions
  • Integration of biological data
  • Analysis of proteomics data
  • "Next Generation" Sequencing (really current gen now), particularly applied techniques such as ChIP-Seq and RNA-Seq

Away from these core research interests, I am also interested in the process of science, particularly publishing. The current methods for publishing and assessing "impact" of science are fundamentally old-fashion (pre-web technologies forced into the shape of the internet). A revolution is required to make scientific publishing fit for purpose in the age of the web.



I teach on the following postgraduate courses:

  • CSC8309 High-Throughput Technologies in Bioinformatics (module leader)
  • MMB8023 Systems Biology
  • CSC8313 Bioinformatics Theory and Practice
  • GNM8007 Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance
 I also deliver a program of Bioinformatics teaching to students on an MSc course at Sunderland University. 


I am involved in the following undergraduate modules: 

  • BGM2062 Advanced Protein Analysis
  • BMS3025 Bioinformatics