wishart

David Wishart

Professor

Science

Computing Science

About Me

Education

  • B.Sc. (First Class Honours), Physics, University of Alberta, 1983
  • M.Phil., Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University, 1986
  • Ph.D., Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Yale University, 1991

Bio

Dr. Wishart is currently supervising over 40 students, staffs and post-doctoral fellows. Since 1990 he has published more than 300 papers and gave over 300 posters/abstracts. He has given over 300 invited lectures all over the world on a variety of topics ranging from cutting edge bioinformatics tools, drug design, metabolomics, precision medicine, general sequence analysis, gene finding, protein annotation, protein structure analysis, structure prediction, biomedical text mining, cellular simulation, nanobot design and synthetic biology. He is responsible for the creation of metabolomics databases in Edmonton that acquire 10 million hits annually thus making Edmonton the centre of the world?s most influential metabolomics databases. He has developed automated metabolomics profiling software that cut down the metabolomics data processing time by up to 90%. He has also help to pioneer many of the necessary technical, software and database developments to enable metabolomics to enter the scientific mainstream. Dr. Wishart is also the director of The Metabolomics Innovation Centre which is Canada\'s national metabolomics platform. He has been cited over 30,000 times and he owns several patents.


Research

Areas

Algorithmics
Bioinformatics
Database Systems
Machine Learning

Interests

Bioinformatics, analytical chemistry, simulations, computational biology, structural biology.

Summary

Dr. Wishart's formal training is in physics, biochemistry, biophysics, pharmaceutical science and computational biology. His research interests lie in: 

  • The development of novel bioinformatics software, databases and algorithms 
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Biological simulation through cellular automata 
  • Protein structure prediction and modelling 
  • The design and construction of biologically based computers and/or robots 
  • Biomedical text mining and biomedical text extraction 

Selected Industry Collaborations and Commercialization 

  • Waters Corporation
  • Bruker
  • IBM
  • Molecular You Corp.
  • Metabolomics Technologies Inc.
  • Agilent 
  • Biocrates
  • ISL Engineering
  • 1st Base Laboratories
  • MRM Proteomics