I am a Professor of Computing Science and Synthetic Biology at Newcastle University where I direct Newcastle’s Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex BioSystems (ICOS) research group. I have degrees in Informatics and Information Systems from Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina and a PhD in Computer Science from UWE in the UK. I currently hold a Chair in Emerging Technologies award from the UK Royal Academy of Science, which is funding this research project.
My research activities lie at the interface of Computing Science and the Natural Sciences, e.g. Biology, Chemistry and Physics. I apply my expertise on Machine Intelligence (e.g. optimisation, data mining, big data, evolutionary learning), Complex Systems and Unconventional Computing (e.g. biocomputing) to Bioinformatics, Systems and Synthetic Biology as well as in Nanoscience.
I am fascinated by how information is represented, stored and processed in nature and on how to use computing science concepts to advance the understanding of natural systems as well as to use natural systems, processes and materials as platforms for information processing and data storage.