Dr Peter McQuilton
BSc(Hons), PhD

Project Coordinator/Senior Research Associate


I am project coordinator for the BioSharing project (https://www.biosharing.org), a web-based catalogue of biological data standards, databases and policies. My activities are in and around data curation, text-mining, ontology design, data sharing and publication in the life, natural and biomedical sciences. I am co-chair of the joint RDA/Force11 BioSharing working group and play an active role on the executive committee of the International Society for Biocuration. I am interested in all things curation, biology, text-mining, informatic, and open linked data related.


Before joining the OeRC, I spent 10 years as a Biocurator at the University of Cambridge, working on FlyBase ( www.flybase.org), an NIH/MRC-funded Model Organism Database focused on the genetics and genomics of Drosophila melanogaster (the fruitfly that bothers your wine/pint in the summer). I was involved in a number of projects relating to the extraction of genetic data from the published literature, text-mining, website design, and outreach/education.

I received my PhD in Drosophila nervous system development from the Dept. of Genetics, University of Cambridge, where I worked in the lab of Dr Alicia Hidalgo  and a BSc (Hons) in Genetics from the University of Leeds, UK.