Imperial College London

Dr Chris Tomlinson

Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Senior Data Systems Developer



+44 (0)20 7594 5148chris.tomlinson




126Sir Alexander Fleming BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





I joined Imperial in April 2008 and am in charge of data management within the college’s Bioinformatics Data Science Group (BDSG). My role is to provide data and software support for high throughput biological experiments performed within Imperial. I have been involved in providing software and hardware support for science for over twenty years and during this time I have worked variously with Psychologists, Economists, Physicists, Health Care Professionals, Computer Scientists and Biologists. In 1999, I was a part of the team that designed the 3G spectrum auction for mobile phone frequencies that eventually netted the UK government over £20 billion in revenue. I graduated with an MSc in Knowledge Based Systems from Heriot Watt University in 1993 and a Ph.D. in Parallel Computing from UCL in 1999.

In my role with the BDSG, I can help you to manage your research data effectively. This could be by building bespoke databases, analysis pipelines and / or data visualisations or by recommending software products that will enable you to get the most out of your data. Over the years, I have worked with many different research groups within the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Medicine, have many exemplar projects that I can demonstrate and can provide testimonials from satisfied clients. Please contact me if you want an informal discussion about how the BDSG could solve your data problems.



Brezovjakova H, Tomlinson C, Mohd Naim N, et al., 2019, Junction Mapper is a novel computer vision tool to decipher cell-cell contact phenotypes., Elife, ISSN:2050-084X

White N, Oostendorp LJM, Tomlinson C, et al., 2019, Online training improves medical students' ability to recognise when a person is dying: The ORaClES randomised controlled trial, Palliative Medicine, ISSN:0269-2163, Pages:1-11

White N, Reid F, Vickerstaff V, et al., 2019, Imminent death: Clinician certainty and accuracy of prognostic predictions, Bmj Supportive & Palliative Care, ISSN:2045-435X

White N, Oostendorp L, Vickerstaff V, et al., 2019, An online international comparison of thresholds for triggering a negative response to the “Surprise Question”: a study protocol, Bmc Palliative Care, Vol:18, ISSN:1472-684X

Oostendorp L, White N, Harries P, et al., 2019, Protocol for the ORaClES study: an online randomised controlled trial to improve clinical estimates of survival using a training resource for medical students, Bmj Open, Vol:9, ISSN:2044-6055

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