Institute of Integrative Biology Biosciences Building University of Liverpool Crown Street Liverpool L69 7ZB
Dr Daniel Rigden
I studied Chemistry for my undergraduate degree at Sheffield University and then after a stint of working in publishing/journalism, completed an MSc in Cheminformatics at UMIST. I then spent several years working as a software developer in the computational chemistry group at Daresbury laboratory, before starting a PhD in Computational Biology at Liverpool University. My interests are therefore spread over chemistry and biology, with a bit of computer science thrown in for good measure.
Project title: AMPLE: Ab initio protein modelling for automated X-ray crystal structure solution
My PhD project currently involves the development of a software pipeline for crystallography, which uses computer models of proteins to try and interpret the data from crystallography experiments. I am using the pipeline to explore proteins such as transmembrane proteins and coiled-coils. The hope is that this will enable us to quickly determine the structure of proteins that either could not be solved or would have taken many months of human effort to solve.
I won a science writing competition to win a place on an editorial traineeship at the New Scientist in 2000 and have been involved with various science writing projects since then.