Professor Robert Edwards

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1995 …2023

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Research Biography

Rob Edwards began his 30+ year bioinformatics career during a PhD in microbial genetics from the University of Sussex, England. Later, as a postdoc, Edwards compared all the sequenced Salmonella genomes (five of them) to show that prophages were the key differences between Salmonella strains that infect different animals. Edwards is at the forefront of metagenomics and microbiome bioinformatics, developing new computational approaches to identify phages from metagenomes, and developing new bioinformatics approaches to identify and annotate complete phage genomes. Edwards wet-lab isolates phages, develops new approaches to extracting DNA and RNA phages, and builds synthetic phages from scratch.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The role of uridylyltransferase in the control of Klebsiella pneumoniae nif gene regulation, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Nov 1994

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Science and the Environment, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Award Date: 31 Jul 1987


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Research Areas

  • Medical biosciences
  • Ecology and conservation
  • Environmental health
  • Knowledge discovery, AI and data mining
  • Molecular biosciences

Supervisory Interests

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology/biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics
  • DNA sequence modelling in bioinformatics
  • Virus, virology
  • computer science


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