Dr Andy Hesketh is an Experimental Officer in Bioinformatics based in the Brighton Genomics laboratory.
Andy provides bioinformatics and computational biology support for projects undertaken by the genomics facility, and has broad interests in exploiting functional genomics data to understand biological systems.
Dr Hesketh was awarded his degree and PhD in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Nottingham. He subsequently trained as a Molecular Microbiologist at the National Food Research Institute in Tsukuba, Japan, where he developed an interest in researching the regulation of antibiotic biosynthesis in actinomycete bacteria. Andy continued this research on his return to the UK at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, where he was able to apply proteomics and transcriptomics approaches to the study of antibiotic production and antibiotic resistance responses.
Andy was appointed Senior Research Associate in transcriptomics at the Cambridge Systems Biology Centre, University of Cambridge, in 2009. This completed a transition towards functional genomics research, and marked both an increased use of computational approaches in his research and a diversification in the biological systems and research questions being studied.
Andy joined Brighton Genomics in 2017 where he continues to develop his interests in mining complex –omics datasets for biological information in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic experimental systems.