Dr John Holliday
After thirty years in academic research, mainly in the field of chemoinformatics – the use of computers to support the process of drug discovery – I am now an independent consultant/programmer. My main areas of interest are web-based analysis and visualisation of data, database integration, database optimisation, web and enterprise CMS, and GIS.
Until November 2016, my role was Senior Research Manager for the Chemoinformatics Research Group in the Information School at the University of Sheffield. My PhD was part of a project dealing with storage and search of generic chemical structures, those found in the patent literature.
Chemoinformatics (sometimes cheminformatics or even chemiinformatics) covers a variety of techniques including data mining, database searching, simulation of molecular interactions, molecular modelling, and activity prediction.
During my time in the Information School, my duties included management of the groups Linux PCs, specialist software and databases, coordinating and teaching the Content Management Systems (CMS) and Web Applications modules, and supervision of several PhD students.
Research areas included chemical database mining, similarity search optimisation, and geographical information systems (GIS – the use of computers to represent and analyse spatial data).
I supervised twelve completed PhD students in chemoinformatics projects, and also supervised two students in GIS-related projects, who are due to complete shortly.
Since July 2018, I have been an Associate Lecturer in the Department of the Natural and Built Environment at Sheffield Hallam University. My teaching mainly covers aspects of GIS.
I am also Chair of Challenge Cancer Through Adventure