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Neil Kirby, Ph.D.

  • Adjunct Professor, Bioinformatics


nkirbydow [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.

Research Interests

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.