Bessant Lab

News and Resources from the Bessant Bioinformatics Lab at QMUL



£10,000 MSc scholarships available

For 2015 entry only, QMUL is offering 86 scholarships of £10,000 each for Masters level study. These awards are jointly funded by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Government and are intended to help students who might otherwise be prevented from taking up a Masters degree due to financial concerns.

Click here to check eligibility and register your interest.


PhD and postdoc positions available

We will soon be placing adverts for one new funded PhD studentship (October start; EU citzens only) and one new postdoctoral research position. If you are interested in either opportunity, email Conrad.

MSc Bioinformatics scholarships available

Queen Mary University of London’s shiny new MSc Bioinformatics programme starts on 22 September 2014. To help attract the very best applicants, scholarships of up to £5,000 are being offered. For all the details, see the MSc Bioinformatics course page.

A new test for Crohn’s disease?

A few years ago, we embarked upon one of largest metabolomic profiling projects ever undertaken on gastroenterology patients. Colleagues collected and analysed blood, breath, faeces and urine from patients with a range of digestive disorders. We applied some particularly rigorous data analysis methods to the acquired data and the results have finally been published in Metabolomics. One finding stands out – Crohn’s disease appears to have a distinctive faecal metabolome. Find more details in the paper.

Our new textbook published

The second edition of Building Bioinformatics Solutions, the popular textbook co-authored by Conrad Bessant and former students Darren Oakley and Ian Shadforth has been published this week by Oxford University Press. This new version has been fully updated, with the web development chapter almost completely rewritten, and much new material added including a whole new chapter on software engineering (how to code properly!). For more details, see

Funded PhD studentship available

We have a fully funded studentship available, for October 2013 start. The project is in the area of proteome informatics, and will link in with other activities going on in the lab and further afield. For more information, check out the link below.

PhD details on FindAPhD

Update: This position is now filled.

New web site

Welcome to our new web site, created to coincide with our recent move to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

The aim of this site is to provide news from the lab, information on current research projects and links to freely available software and resources that we have produced.

The site is still being populated, so please accept our apologies while pages are missing or empty!

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