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John Hancock

Senior ELIXIR Development Officer


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After a PhD in Genetics at Edinburgh John's career in research in computational biology has included being a group leader at the MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Reader in Computational Biology at Royal Holloway University of London (where he taught Computer Science and Bioinformatics) and Head of Bioinformatics at the MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit. 

John was bioinformatics lead on the EUMODIC and EUMORPHIA mouse phenotyping projects and the preparatory phases of INFRAFRONTIER and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium. He was a coordinator of the CASIMIR project that produced high profile recommendations on data and biological material sharing and the Interphenome group that worked on standardising phenotype descriptions for mouse. 

John’s research interests include evolutionary genome analysis with special emphasis on repetitive DNA and protein sequences, and semantic biology, especially ontologies for phenotype description and infrastructure for phenotype data. In 2013 he moved to BBSRC as Head of Strategy for Genomics, Data and Technologies and in 2015 to EI to take up his role as Node Coordinator for ELIXIR-UK.


Promoting coherent minimum reporting guidelines for biological and biomedical investigations: the MIBBI project.

Taylor CF, Field D, Sansone SA, Aerts J, Apweiler R, Ashburner M, Ball CA, Binz PA, Bogue M, Booth T, Brazma A, Brinkman RR, Michael Clark A, Deutsch EW, Fiehn O, Fostel J, Ghazal P, Gibson F, Gray T, Grimes G, Hancock JM, Hardy NW, Hermjakob H, Julian RK Jr, Kane M, Kettner C, Kinsinger C, Kolker E, Kuiper M, Le Novère N, Leebens-Mack J, Lewis SE, Lord P, Mallon AM, Marthandan N, Masuya H, McNally R, Mehrle A, Morrison N, Orchard S, Quackenbush J, Reecy JM, Robertson DG, Rocca-Serra P, Rodriguez H, Rosenfelder H, Santoyo-Lopez J, Scheuermann RH, Schober D, Smith B, Snape J, Stoeckert CJ Jr, Tipton K, Sterk P, Untergasser A, Vandesompele J, Wiemann S. Nat Biotechnol. 2008 Aug;26(8):889-96. doi: 10.1038/nbt.1411.

Complete sequences of the rRNA genes of Drosophila melanogaster.

Tautz D, Hancock JM, Webb DA, Tautz C, Dover GA. Mol Biol Evol. 1988 Jul;5(4):366-76.

A comparative phenotypic and genomic analysis of C57BL/6J and C57BL/6N mouse strains.

Simon MM, Greenaway S, White JK, Fuchs H, Gailus-Durner V, Wells S, Sorg T, Wong K, Bedu E, Cartwright EJ, Dacquin R, Djebali S, Estabel J, Graw J, Ingham NJ, Jackson IJ, Lengeling A, Mandillo S, Marvel J, Meziane H, Preitner F, Puk O, Roux M, Adams DJ, Atkins S, Ayadi A, Becker L, Blake A, Brooker D, Cater H, Champy MF, Combe R, Danecek P, di Fenza A, Gates H, Gerdin AK, Golini E, Hancock JM, Hans W, Hölter SM, Hough T, Jurdic P, Keane TM, Morgan H, Müller W, Neff F, Nicholson G, Pasche B, Roberson LA, Rozman J, Sanderson M, Santos L, Selloum M, Shannon C, Southwell A, Tocchini-Valentini GP, Vancollie VE, Westerberg H, Wurst W, Zi M, Yalcin B, Ramirez-Solis R, Steel KP, Mallon AM, de Angelis MH, Herault Y, Brown SD. Genome Biol. 2013 Jul 31;14(7):R82. doi: 10.1186/gb-2013-14-7-r82.