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I was based full-time as a long-term Visiting Academic Fellow in the Computer Laboratory (Faculty of Computer Science and Technology), University of Cambridge, from 2007 to 2012. It was an honorary position. I was an independent researcher in the Networks and Operating Systems Research Group, within the Systems Research Group. I supervised students in Computer Science and gave occasional guest lectures. I am now an Official External Collaborator. I am a member of St John's College.

My research is being commercialised through Complex Systems Research Ltd, a company in which I have a controlling interest.

I am Co-Founder of PetaGene.

My PhD was previously awarded in physics from the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, where in 1999 I also obtained EPSRC funding to extend my PhD work at the Cavendish as a PDRA. My undergraduate training is in both Physics and Electrical/Electronic Engineering, and I obtained a degree in each at the University of Western Australia.

I have had a variety of previous industrial and commercialisation experience, including as Founding Managing Director of Dryogenic Ltd, a Cambridge high-tech manufacturing company that made ultra-low temperature high-value integrated measurement systems for physics and materials research laboratories; Founding Managing Director of Cytoprom Ltd, a spin-off of the Medical Research Council (UK) that made devices for medical research; and as commercialisation consultant to the Australian Telecommunications Co-operative Research Centre, commercialising patented networking technology that I invented and co-invented.

Before returning to Cambridge in 2003, I was a Senior Lecturer and Group Leader of the Advanced Materials and Networking Research Group, in Electronic & Communications Engineering, at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. I was subsequently an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University.