Bioinformatics Support Unit


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 15 years in the Bioinformatics Support Unit providing practical support to a wide array of researchers. I led the BSU for 9 years (2011-2020), before being appointed as Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences.

Roles and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics in the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Sciences.


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.


My teaching responsibilities are:

Module Leadership
• CSC8309 – Genome Scale Data Analytics

Postgraduate Teaching
• CSC8325 – An Introduction to Bioinformatics Theory and Practice
• CSC8326 – Advanced Bioinformatics Theory and Practice
• MSC8001 – Introduction to Healthcare Science, Professional Practice and Clinical Leadership

Undergraduate Teaching
• BGM2062 – Advanced Protein Analysis
• BGM2063 – Approaches to Analysis of Genes and Genomes
• BMS3025 – Bioinformatics
• CSC3424 – Bioinformatics

Previous teaching
CSC8313 – Bioinformatics Theory and Practice (2005-2019), MMB8023 – Systems Biology MRes strand (2011 – 2018), GNM8007 – Bioinformatics, Interpretation, Statistics and Data Quality Assurance (2017 – 2018)

Bioinformatics Training
I have prepared and delivered training courses in bioinformatics and programming to life science researchers for many years.

During Coronavirus crisis of 2020 I produced the live-streamed “Lockdown Learning” series. My YouTube channel has >1,800 subscribers and my tutorial videos have ~72,000 views.