Alex leads our data team and is responsible for ensuring that metabarcoding data is analysed to a high standard with robust and replicable pipelines. Day to day, Alex focuses on analysis of the most challenging client projects and leads the ongoing development of our pipelines. Alex is always looking for ways to improve the way that data is analysed and presented for our clients, to ensure that the biological complexity of samples is correctly captured and summarised effectively.
Alex held a postdoctoral position at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin. She holds a PhD in Biodiversity Genomics from University College London, an MSc in Entomology and a BSc in Biology from Imperial College London.
During her PhD, Alex developed mitochondrial metagenomics, a technique for assessing the taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity of complex samples based on shotgun sequencing and reconstruction of mitochondrial genomes. This led to multiple collaborations with other academics looking to apply this method to their study system. Postdoctoral work at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research focussed on the problem of taxonomic assignment of short sequences derived from blood ingested by leeches, in ecosystems where reference data is limited. The experience of that project has subsequently informed Alex’s approach to taxonomic assignment for NatureMetrics’ client data and allowed for the integration of complex probabilistic methods into our pipelines.