Samuel Nicholls, Ph.D.
Research Fellow in BioinformaticsUniversity of Birmingham
Sam is a computer scientist specializing in novel data structures and algorithms for the analysis of microbial communities. He is a post-doctoral fellow in Nick Loman’s lab at the University of Birmingham which explores the use of cutting-edge genomics and metagenomics approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and surveillance of infectious disease. Sam’s PhD thesis and recent work focused on the recovery of gene-haplotypes from microbial communities. He is currently working on accelerating metagenomic analysis pipelines with GPU and applying his haplotyping work to identify the transmission of strains between donors and patients in faecal microbiota transplants, and to investigate the lung microbiome of cystic fibrosis patients infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.