Dr Tim Dallman is an international expert in pathogen genomics, phylogenetics and bioinformatics with respect to foodborne pathogens. He trained as a bioinformatician at University College London employing machine learning techniques to improve remote homology detection for the assignment of proteins into structural and functional families.
He joined IRAS in Ocotober 2021 as an Assistant Professor where his research interests focus on genomic analysis of foodborne pathogens and their environment from a one health perspective.
Previously he worked for over ten years at UKHSA as the Lead for Bioinformatics of Gastrointestinal Pathogens and led the implementation of whole genome sequencing methodologies into reference microbiology and infectious disease surveillance
He is a regular expert participant at working groups on food safety and genomics organised by international organisations including ECDC, WHO and UN-FAO and has had considerable interactions with the food industry to help inform how genomic microbiology can be leveraged in this sector and how it can feed into risk and assessment and public health surveillance. He is currently a Senior Technical Advisor for the International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN) at the World Health Organisation.