Dr Ben Temperton
Lecturer in Bioinformatics


I am a microbial ecologist, specializing in bioinformatic analyses of ‘big data’ (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics) to better understand how interactions within microbial communities enable functional diversity and efficiency that is greater than the sum of its parts. As a former professional software developer, I am interested in combining high-performance computing with multivariate statistical analyses to identify putative drivers of function and diversity in complex communities. Importantly, these hypotheses are then tested in the laboratory using model systems. During my postdoc with Prof. Steve Giovannoni at Oregon State University, I was involved in the discovery of (probably) the most abundant virus on Earth, and my current research continues to explore the fascinating biology of this system.

Broad research specialisms:

Marine microbial ecology, bioinformatics, host-phage interaction, community dynamics, single-cell genomics.


PhD. Microbiology, Queens University Belfast, 2009-2011
MSc Information Technology (Software Engineering), University of Nottingham, 1998-1999
BSc Chemistry (2:i), University Of Birmingham, 1995-1998

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 725434
AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
Stocker Road

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