Head of Bioinformatics

Dan MacLean

Dan MacLean


My group is made of researchers and technologists working at the boundary of genomic biology and computer science.

Our exciting projects range from bioinformatics and genomics to image analysis and machine learning. We bring together biology, computational science and bioinformatics to make the most of big data and help answer big questions.

We develop deep learning models to predict proteins of importance in plant pathogen interactions.

We develop software and pipelines to analyse high throughput genomics, proteomic sequence data and high throughput image data generated throughout the laboratory.

Our role in support means we provide training and foster expertise in bioinformatics, computer science and biostatistics for all members of The Sainsbury Laboratory through a wide range of training courses and workshops.

Job history

  • 2019 -

    Hon. Professor

    School of Computational Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK
  • 2010 -

    Head of Bioinformatics

    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2006 - 2010


    The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK
  • 2005 - 2006

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Carnegie Institution, Stanford University, USA