Here’s a bit of background on the latest addition to the team…

What’s your story?

I studied molecular and cellular biology at university, following which I obtained a Master of Research degree, then a PhD in muscle cell biology relating to muscular dystrophy.

After this I spent several years working in life science research, culminating in a project to help translate human stem cell biology into the clinic. This involved a large amount of big data analysis, working with human genetic data sets.

This has led to my current interest the capture, analysis and modelling of data, to provide understanding and insight of trends and behaviours in dynamic systems.

And your professional background?

I first worked at the University of Sheffield, researching the behaviour of prostate cancer cells, followed by a two-year research position at the University of California, San Francisco.

I then returned to the UK and worked as a scientific advisor for an SME, helping to develop and market automated robotic microscope technologies.

With a desire to return to the North, I joined the Centre for Stem Cell Biology in Sheffield, where I coordinated the acquisition and analysis of stem cell genetics data.

What do your weekends look like?

Most of my spare time is taken up with music… I play guitar and sing backing vocals in a rock band, rehearsing regularly and performing throughout the UK.

I also try to exercise as frequently as I can; living five minutes away from the gym leaves me no excuses!

Commenting on Oliver’s appointment, Nicola Tiffany, Managing Director of HMA said “Oliver has joined the team at an exciting time for HMA. Our specialism in Health, Science and Tech has attracted a number of new clients in these sectors over the last few months and Oliver is already adding a great deal of value to the accounts he’s been working on. His background and expertise gives him a unique ability to translate complex, scientific concepts into benefit messages that enhance our digital marketing campaigns in these areas. We are delighted to have him on board.”