Dr Connor is a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University. He is a Big Data Biologist whose work sits at the interface of Biology, Computer Science and Mathematics. He has a background in the population genomics and molecular epidemiology of pathogenic bacteria. Currently, his research portfolio encompasses a wide variety of activities including the development new antibiotics, tracking bacterial pathogens using next generation sequencing data, and the development of bioinformatics infrastructures. With Nick Loman and Simon Thompson (both of Birmingham University, UK) he has led the design and implementation of the cloud infrastructure at the heart of the £8.4M MRC CLIMB project. The system is distributed over four sites (hosted at Cardiff University, Swansea University, the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham) and is currently running OpenStack Kilo.
Am prepared to travel to events; CLIMB has some travel money to support this, but realistically that is only likely to extend to travel within Europe. Am happy to travel further (and may be able to get funds to do this internally), depending on where/the sort of meeting it is.
If you would like to learn about CLIMB or the research that we do, feel free to contact me, and I, or one of the team may be able to come and do a talk.