I am passionate about communicating science and using blogs and social media tools to engage with both the academic community and the general public. With cutting-edge research experience in the fields of genomics and bioinformatics, I understand the benefits that a well-designed communications strategy can generate. I am skilled in curating content across a wide variety of digital media, engaging with those that read such content, and evaluating the impact of these contributions.
- Created, maintained, and developed content for a variety of professional and personal blogs. Currently, I maintain science/technology-related blogs and websites at:
- http://acgt.me - my genomics/bioinformatics blog where I write about various topics
- http://takehomemessage - a web comic that teaches aspects of biology, genomics, and bioinformatics in a fun, engaging manner
- https://medium.com/@feelingengaged/ - a Medium site that focuses on social media and web metrics
- http://rescuedbycode.com - a site to support the book that I co-authored: Unix and Perl to the Rescue! A field guide for the life sciences – Bradnam and Korf (2012). Cambridge University Press. ISBN-13: 978-1107000681 and the forthcoming Unix and Python to the Rescue!
- I also produced regular content on the following sites during my previous position:
- Highly experienced with the following Content Management Systems and blogging platforms: Sitefinity, WordPress, Sharepoint, Medium, Blogger, Tumblr, and Squarespace.
- Contributed to over 20 peer-reviewed science publications.
- A blog post that I wrote for Haldane’s Sieve was the most read article on their site in January 2013.
- Experienced in using tools like Buffer, Crowdbooster, Mention, etc. to help monitor and develop twitter engagement.
- Acted as guest blogger for local newspaper (Davis Enterprise).
- Successfully used twitter to gain over 3,500 followers and make @assemblathon a leading source of news in the field of genome assembly.
- Have taught courses on using twitter and online collaboration tools for a local non-profit organization.
- Actively promoted my book via the @rescuedbycode twitter account.
- Experienced in using tools like Buffer, Crowdbooster, Mention, Klout, and tweepi to help monitor and develop twitter engagement.
- Active twitter user since 2008 (@kbradnam) with over 2,300 followers.
Other communication/outreach skills
- Highly experienced in professional and personal use of most major social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, reddit, tumblr, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Slideshare).
- Created, and actively promoted, a Google Discussion Group to support our Unix and Perl to the Rescue! book that now has almost 1,000 members.
- Was lead author on a 92 co-author paper, and had the responsibility of coordinating the research as well as the writing of the manuscript.
- Have successfully converted my ACGT blog to appear as an Apple News channel.
- Experienced in working with video and audio, I designed a musical ident for the UC Davis Genome Center
- Extensive presenter experience (from teaching undergraduate-level classes to giving talks at several international conferences).
- Experience in producing short-form video content
- Good oratory skills, I am an engaging and enthusiastic speaker.
- Highly experienced in use of Google Analytics
- Basic knowledge of Google Tag Manager
- Over 20 years of research experience in bioinformatics and genomics.
- Written material for several scientific grants.
- Expertise in a broad range of computer skills, including programming, databases, Unix, website maintenance, and system administration.
Awards and recognition
- I was interviewed by Front Line Genomics magazine in 2015 about my life in bioinformatics: The Man Who Makes Bioinformatics Fun And Accessible For All.
- Front Line Genomics interviewed me again in 2017 for their 'The Short Read' feature: “Developing a Questioning Mind is a Useful Skill”
- Featured in a 2013 list of top genome scientists to follow on twitter.
- Our efforts in the Assemblathon 2 project to ensure that the work was conducted in an open manner was recognized by being awarded the 2013 BioMed Central Open Data prize.
- Created a satirical video that won a YouTube competition for 'best Gadget Review' video.
- Member of UK Genetics Society
- Member of PCST (The international Network on Public Communication of Science and Technology)
- Member of Stempra (a UK network for science PR and communications professionals)
- UK citizen
2016 – present: The Institute of Cancer Research, London
Digital Strategy Manager. Responsible for oversight and development of the ICR website, all social media channels, and other digital outputs, including development of email newsletters with a strong focus on leveraging analytics data to improve content. Also contribute to editorial content on external website, training in social media for internal stakeholders, and regular audits of the intranet.
2008 – 2015: Genome Center, UC Davis, California, USA
- Associate Project Scientist. All duties from previous position, but with additional projects and responsibilities including co-writing a book on Unix and Perl, and playing a leadership role in the management of a new international collaborative genomics project. Also helped develop and promote a new University-wide program to bring together all parties interested in bioinformatics.
2005 – 2008: Genome Center, UC Davis, California, USA
- Post-doctoral Researcher. Responsible for various bionformatics-driven research projects. Supervised students, reviewed and wrote manuscripts, co-wrote grants, managed lab website, dealt with all communications/correspondence to the lab, in charge of all hardware/software purchasing, taught various lectures and workshops, and helped develop a new course on Unix and Perl for biologists.
2001 – 2005: Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
- Project Leader. Led a team that was part of an international consortium that managed a model organism genomic database (WormBase). Duties included coordinating and promoting outreach efforts and dealing with user feedback and enquiries.
1999 – 2001: Plant Science Division, University of Nottingham, UK
- Research Assistant. Developed and curated a genome database and website for the ‘UK CropNet’ project and performed all system administration duties.
1995 – 1999: University of Nottingham, UK
- Ph.D. - Molecular Evolution. Used various bioinformatics techniques to look at genome evolution.
1993 – 1994: University of Manchester, UK
- M.Sc. Bioinformatics
1990 – 1993: University of Leeds, UK
- B.Sc. Ecology
Selected publications (see Google Scholar for full list)
Tan E., Henry I., Ravi M., Bradnam K., Mandakova T., Marimuthu M., Korf I., Lysak M., Comai L., and Simon Chan. 2015. Catastrophic chromosomal restructuring during genome elimination in plants, eLife, DOI: 10.7554/eLife.06516
Bradnam, K et al. (90 other co-authors!) 2013. Assemblathon 2: evaluating de novo methods of genome assembly in three vertebrate species, GigaScience, 2:10
Melters, D., Bradnam, K., Young, H., Telis, N. et al. 2013. Comparative Analysis of Tandem Repeats from Hundreds of Species Reveals Unique Insights into Centromere Evolution, Genome Biology, 14, R10.
Bradnam, K. and Korf, I. 2012. Unix and perl to the rescue!: a field guide for the life sciences (and other data-rich pursuits). Cambridge University Press
Earl, D., Bradnam, K., St. John, J., Darling, A. et al. 2011. Assemblathon 1: A competitive assessment of de novo short read assembly methods. Genome Research, 21, 12, 2224–2241.
Varlakhanova, N., Cotterman, R., Bradnam, K., Korf, I, and Knoepfler, P. 2011. Myc and Miz-1 have coordinate genomic functions including targeting Hox genes in human embryonic stem cells, Epigenetics & Chromatin, 4, 1, 20
Parra, G., Bradnam, K., Rose, A., and Korf, I. 2011 Comparative and functional analysis of intron-mediated enhancement signals reveals conserved features among plants, Nucleic Acids Research, 39, 13, 5328–5337.
Rose, A., Emami, S., Bradnam, K. and Korf, I. 2011. Evidence for a DNA-based mechanism of intron-mediated enhancement, Frontiers in Plant Science, 2.
Parra G., Bradnam, K., Ning, Z., Keane, T., and Korf I. 2008. Assessing the gene space in draft genomes. Nucleic Acids Research, 37, 1, 289–297.
Bradnam, K. and Korf, I. 2008. Longer first introns are a general property of eukaryotic gene structure, PLoS ONE, 3, 8, e3093.
Parra G., Bradnam, K., & Korf I. 2007. CEGMA: A pipeline to accurately annotate core genes in eukaryotic genomes. Bioinformatics. 23, 9, 1061–1067.
Chen N., Lawson, D., Bradnam, K., Harris, T. and Stein, L.D. 2004. WormBase as an integrated platform for the C. elegans ORFeome. Genome Res. 14(10b), 2155–2161.
Harris, T., Lee, R., Schwarz, E., Bradnam, K., et al. 2003. WormBase: a cross-species database for comparative genomics. Nucleic Acids Res. 31(1), 133–137.
Bradnam K., Seoighe, C., Sharp, P.M., and Wolfe, K.H., 1999. G+C content variation along and among Saccharomyces cerevisiae chromosomes. Mol. Biol. Evol. 16 (5), 666–675.
Sharp P.M. and Bradnam K. 1997. Codon usage in C. elegans. In: Riddle D. Blumenthal, T. Meyer B.J., Priess J.R. editors. C. elegans II. New York, CSHL press. 1053–1057.