Animals and plants are made up a cells; small, individual units which talk to one another, make decisions and can break down. The cells behave properly as a result both of the communications between different cells, and their internal state. I’m interested in how cells make these decisions, and how we can bring together lots of different sources of information to build a picture of the process. I use and build advanced computational tools to do this, taking inspiration both from detailed physical models, as well as the abstract models used widely in computer science.
This blog is intended to discuss my research into these processes, and other interesting outputs as they arise. In particular, I will share short descriptions of the work I’ve been doing. I also generate new ways to visualize complex systems, and I will use this blog to share different images (like the one above) which arise. I’m going to try include a combination of press releases and less formal blog posts over time.
I lead a research group at the MRC Cancer Unit at the University of Cambridge (http://www.mrc-cu.cam.ac.uk/hall.html) where we study how mistakes in cellular decision making processes may lead to the development of cancer. I also consult for Microsoft Research Cambridge, where I’m involved in the development of new tools for building models, in particular the BioModelAnalyzer (http://biomodelanalyzer.research.microsoft.com/).