Fiona Brinkman, professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Science and associate member, School of Computing Science and Faculty of Health Sciences.
Fiona Brinkman is a world-leading bioinformatics expert who has led research efforts, including large consortiums, to tackle the global health threats posed by infectious and inflammatory diseases and antibiotic resistance. Her research and widely used open-source computational tools have led to fundamental insights into how microbes evolve, and are enabling health agencies to implement more sustainable control of infectious diseases and to preserve microbiota essential for human and environmental health.
“I have always been fascinated by the beauty and balanced complexity of nature,” says Brinkman. “I love learning how it functions and in that context developing more sustainable approaches for control of diseases in a ‘One Health’ context — with applications to human health, agricultural health and environmental health.”
“I also have enjoyed learning more about the hidden world of microbes all around us — the good microbes and the bad. I enjoy the puzzle of deciphering their DNA code, and discovering so many fascinating facts about them—and ourselves—through how they interact with us.”