Daniel Barker is a lecturer at the University of St Andrews, with a research focus on bioinformatics as relates to phylogeny, comparative genomics, gene regulation and detecting adaptation. As well as running the 4273π course in bioinformatics, Barker also organises the Scottish Phylogeny Discussion Group.
Ian Korf began his scientific career with a degree in biology from Cornell University, USA before completing a PhD in molecular, cellular and developmental biology at Indiana University, USA. He went on to develop his interest in bioinformatics and genomics through his postdoctoral research at Washington University, USA and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK. Korf then joined the Genome Center at University of California, Davis, USA where he currently resides as associate professor of molecular and cellular biology and associate director of bioinformatics, applying bioinformatic and genomic techniques to study a variety of areas including gene prediction, genome assembly, metagenomics, and genetic algorithms.