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School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences

Professor Conrad Bessant


Professor of Bioinformatics

Room Number: Third Floor, Empire House (Whitechapel Campus)

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Practical Molecular and Cellular Biology (Tutorials) (BIO190)
  • Practical Biochemistry (Tutorials) (BIO198)
  • Essential Skills for Biomedical Scientists (Tutorials) (BMD100)
  • Research Methods and Communication II (Tutorials) (BIO309)
  • Human Genetics and Genomics (BIO323)

Postgraduate Teaching

Teaching on our Bioinformatics MSc and Ecological and Evolutionary Genomics MSc:

  • Genome Bioinformatics (BIO721P)
  • Post-Genomic Bioinformatics (BIO725P)

Teaching on our Bioinformatics MSc:

  • Bioinformatics Software Development Group Project (BIO727P)


Research Interests:

I am interested in leveraging the latest proteomics technologies to answer fundamental questions in biology and medicine.

In particular, my lab focuses on the development of new and improved methodologies to analyse proteomic mass spectrometry data, and integrate proteomics data with other types of data in multi-omic studies. Current applications of our work include understanding the role of cell signaling in cancer (with Dr Pedro Cutillas, Barts Cancer Institute), studying protein expression during viral infection (with Dr David Matthews, University of Bristol) and large scale evidence-based genome annotation.
Key expertise in the lab includes statistics, machine learning, sequence analysis, proteome informatics and software development. Realising that cutting edge proteomics software should be more easily accessible to bench scientists, and easier to integrate with other tools, we contribute to the proteomics standards initiative (PSI) and play a major role in adding proteomics functionality to the popular Galaxy framework.

Research department

Conrad is the programme director for the MSc in Bioinformatics.



Current PhD opportunity

PhD supervision