Neil Kirby, Ph.D.
- Adjunct Professor, Bioinformatics
Contactnkirbydow [dot] com
- PhD, Organic Chemistry, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1980
- BSc, Chemistry, University of Kent at Canterbury, 1977
Joined the Dow Chemical Company in the United Kingdom in 1980 as a synthetic organic chemist. After 5 years working on insecticide discovery and early stage process research I shifted focus to fungicide discovery. In 1990 I carried out a short term assignment in Indianapolis, returning to the UK in 1993 and then moving back to the US in 1994.
During my early career I had always been interested in computer systems and had been system manager for a number of HP LAS systems in the analytical functions. This interest continued and culminated in a shift to Discovery Information Management in 2000. Since that time the group I’ve had the chance to build and work with a diverse and talented group of scientists covering chemical and biotech research.
Developing workflows that enable bench scientists to access their data without the intervention of an expert or learning a variety of tools and languages. We have been developing tools and applications using Accelrys’ Pipeline Pilot and continue to explore new avenues for this valuable and fascinating tool.