Portrait of Neil Dalchau

Neil Dalchau

Principal Research Manager


I am the project lead for Station B, a research group at Microsoft Research Cambridge that is exploring opportunities for using computational and mathematical methods to aide the engineering process on biological substrates. I am broadly interested in how to program computation and decision-making in biological systems. The applications of programmed biology are numerous, including the synthesis of medicines and industrial chemicals, through to the direct treatment of disease.

My general approach to research is to use mathematical and statistical models to interpret experimental measurements, employing techniques from dynamical systems theory and machine learning. These methodologies have their roots elsewhere in science but are also clearly applicable to biological applications. However, there is a significant challenge in the multidimensionality of biological systems, and so I am interested in developing new methodologies or adjusting existing ones to address this challenge.

I studied Mathematics at the University of Oxford, UK…