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Professor David Gilbert is co-director of the Brunel Centre for Systems and Synthetic Biology. In his previous post he was Professor of Bioinformatics at the University of Glasgow where he set up and was Director of the Bioinformatics Research Centre. He holds a BSc in experimental Pyschology and a Masters in Education from the University of Bristol, and a Masters and PhD in Computing from Imperial College, London where his research was into modelling concurrent systems using computational logic. David was an EPSRC Research Fellow at the European Bioinformatics Institute, and a Leverhulme Research Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University College London when designed and developed the TOPS protein topology computational system.


David was co-chair of the conference on Computational Methods in Systems Biology (2011), chair of the Second European Conference in Synthetic Biology (2009), and co-chair of the ISMB-ECCB 2004 international conference on Bioinformatics/Computational.  He has also co-organised several Dagstuhl seminars in Bioinformatics and Formal Methods in Molecular Biology.  David has a depth of experience in the UK research councils and is currently a member of the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) Committee of Experts (Strategy), was the Chair of the Biochemical and Cellular Biology committee of the BBSRC, and has been member of the advisory committees to BBSRC on Synthetic Biology and Systems Biology.  He reviews for and advises other UK research agencies including ESPRC, MRC and Wellcome Trust, and regularly reviews national research efforts at a governmental and institutional level in several other countries.

Newest selected publications

Heiner, M. and Gilbert, D. (2013) 'BioModel engineering for multiscale Systems Biology'. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 111 (2-3). pp. 119 - 128. ISSN: 0079-6107 Open Access Link

Journal article

Gao, Q., Gilbert, D., Heiner, M., Liu, F., Maccagnola, D. and Tree, D. (2013) 'Multiscale modeling and analysis of planar cell polarity in the Drosophila wing.'. IEEE/ACM Trans Comput Biol Bioinform, 10 (2). pp. 337 - 351. ISSN: 1545-5963

Journal article

Gu, X., Reid, D., Higham, DJ. and Gilbert, D. (2013) 'Mathematical Modelling of Polyamine Metabolism in Bloodstream-Form Trypanosoma brucei: An Application to Drug Target Identification'. PLoS ONE, 8 (1). pp. e53734 - e53734.Open Access Link

Journal article

Soldatova, L., Gao, Q. and Gilbert, D. (2012) 'Towards an ontology of biomodelling'. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), 7605 LNBI. pp. 390 - 393. ISSN: 0302-9743

Journal article

Gao, Q., Liu, F., Tree, D. and Gilbert, D. (2011) 'Multi-cell modelling using coloured petri nets applied to planar cell polarity'.2nd International Workshop on Biological Processes & Petri Nets (BioPPN 2011). Newcastle, UK. 1 ISSN: 1613-0073

Conference paper
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