Dr David Studholme is an Associate Professor in Bioinformatics and Academic Director of the University of Exeter’s Sequencing Facility. His main technical expertise is in bioinformatics, especially in the context of handling data from massively parallel DNA sequencing (a.k.a. next generation sequencing). He also has experience in laboratory-based molecular microbiology, having done his PhD and postdoctoral research at Imperial College London, in the laboratories of Professor David Leak and Professor Martin Buck, respectively. Whilst at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, he contributed to the widely used Pfam and InterPro databases and developed an interest and expertise in high-throughput sequence analysis and data management.