I started life as a mathematician, studying Mathematics at the University of Oxford, UK (2001-2005). I then went to the University of Cambridge to do a Ph.D, the project being a collaboration between Alex Webb‘s group at the Department of Plant Sciences and Jorge Goncalves in the Control Group at the Department of Engineering.
Following my PhD, I briefly held a research associate position in the Control Group, working with Glenn Vinnicombe on applications of stochastic control theory to gene networks.
I came to Microsoft Research as a postdoc in 2009, during which I worked with Andrew Phillips on modelling immune systems and synthetic gene networks. I became a permanent member of the Biological Computation group in 2012.
- Introducing our authors – ACS Synthetic Biology, October 2015.
- DNA computing: Molecules reach consensus – Nature Nanotechnology, 4 October 2013.
- Neil wins 2011 Tansley Medal for Excellence in Plant Science – New Phytologist, December 2011.
- Researchers Find Link Between Plant Metabolism and Biological Clock – Crop Biotech Update, 25th March 2011.
- Coming Soon to a Lab Near You: Drag-and-Drop Virtual Worlds – Science, 11th February 2011.