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Paul Shaw

  • Database Developer / Computational Biologist
  • The James Hutton Institute Aberdeen
  • 18PublicationsNumber of items in Paul's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 1Followers

Recent publications

  • Development and Evaluation of a Barley 50k iSelect SNP Array

    • Bayer M
    • Rapazote-Flores P
    • Ganal M
    • et al.
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  • Germinate 3 : Development of a Common Platform to Support the Distribution of Experimental Data on Crop Wild Relatives

    • Shaw P
    • Raubach S
    • Hearne S
    • et al.
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Professional experience

Database Developer / Computational Biologist

The James Hutton Institute

April 2011 - Present

Biological Database Developer

Scottish Crop Research Institute (SCRI)

March 2002 - April 2011(9 years)

Computer Programmer

The Roslin Institute

October 1999 - March 2002(2 years)



Edinburgh Napier University

October 2009 - March 2014(4 years)

BSc Hons Microbial Biotechnology

University of Abertay

MSc Bioinformatics

University of Abertay

BSc Biological Sciences

College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee


The increasingly diverse range of data-types that are being used in modern plant genetics is a problem, both how data is stored, and how scientists can query and visualize in scientifically meaningful ways. My primary research focus is on how we efficiently store and query large datasets and investigating how user interfaces can allow researchers access to this data in ways that allow increased scientific value to be gained. I am particularly interested in how we can increase the overall data quality of data-sets through error identification and the development of electronic data capture and reference applications (mobile based) to aid field scientists. Any problems we can reduce at the data capture stage ensures high data quality for downstream processing and analysis. A main focus of my work is in the development of complex online databases implemented in MySQL for the dissemination of data to both internal and external (academic and industrial) audiences and the development of the supporting programming infrastructure based on Perl and Java that is required to build on these customized tools. More recently I have been examining the problems associated with visualization of large plant pedigrees and addressing some of these with the development of visualization tools such as Helium.

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