Dr David Studholme
Associate Professor in Bioinformatics


I use computational methods to solve problems in biology, especially focusing on comparative genomics of plant-associated microbes and emerging diseases.

My main technical expertise is in bioinformatics. I also have experience in laboratory-based molecular microbiology having done my PhD and postdoctoral research at Imperial College, London, in the laboratories of Dr David Leak and Prof Matin Buck, respectively.

Whilst at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, I contributed to the widely used Pfam and InterPro databases and developed an interest and expertise in high-throughput sequence analysis and data management.

Whilst at The Sainsbury Laboratory, I became interested in exploiting large nucleotide sequence datasets generated from so-called next-generation sequencing technologies. For more information please see these review articles:

Within Biosciences at Streatham, I am:

  • Academic Lead for the Plant Science group.
  • Surveys and Focus Groups Lead for the Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity / Athena Swan working group.
  • Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research

Also, I am a member of the University's High-Performance Computing (HPC) Governance Group.



  • 2012 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Exeter
  • 1998 PhD Imperial College, London
  • 1994 MSc (with Distinction), University of East Anglia
  • 1993 BSc (Hons), Southampton University


  • 2013-present Associate Professor, University of Exeter
  • 2009-2013 Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
  • 2004-2009 Head of Bioinformatics, The Sainsbury Laboratory
  • 2002–2004 Computer Biologist, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • 2000-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, Southampton University
  • 1997-2000 Postdoctoral Fellow, Imperial College, London


Contact details

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AddressGeoffrey Pope Building
University of Exeter
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