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09 January 2007

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We would like to extend a warm welcome to the three new members of staff who have joined the department recently: Dr Julian Gough (Reader), Dr Bogdan Warinschi (Lecturer), and Dr Oliver Ray (Research Fellow).

Dr Julian Gough
Julian was born and grew up in Cambridge. He did a joint honours MSci here at Bristol in Mathematics and Physics, and then went back to Cambridge where he completed his PhD and held a Postdoctural position in Molecular Biology. He was a PMMB Fellow at Stanford for one year and then spent two and a half years in Tokyo (RIKEN Scientist and Associate Professor at Tokyo Medical and Dental University). He then spent a year at the Pasteur Institute in Paris as a Visiting Scientist before returning to Bristol, a decade after graduating from the University. His research interests lie in the field of Bioinformatics, specifically in the areas of genomics, sequence analysis, protein structure and evolution. He joins the department as Reader.

Dr Bogdan Warinschi
Bogdan obtained his BSc from the University of Bucharest in 1997. He then joined the Cryptology Group at the University of California, San Diego, where he completed his PhD in 2004. He has since held a number of Postdoctural positions: University of California, Santa Cruz (for 9 months); Stanford University (for 6 months); and INRIA-Lorraine, France (for 14 months). He now joins the lecturing staff in the department at Bristol. His research interests include various aspects of computer security, particularly cryptography and formal verification.

Dr Oliver Ray
Oliver received his BEng in Information Systems Engineering at Imperial College in 2000 and his PhD in Computer Science at Imperial College in 2005. His research is primarily concerned with the integration of "abductive" and "inductive" logic and their application to machine learning and artificial intelligence. His doctoral thesis entitled "Hybrid Abductive Inductive Learning" was a runner-up in the British Computer Society Distinguished Dissertation Competition. Oliver has worked as Teaching Associate at Imperial College and as a Visiting Scientist in the University of Cyprus, where he applied the techniques developed in his PhD to the prediction of HIV/AIDS drug resistance. Oliver joins the department as a Research Fellow in Exabyte Informatics.