About Me

Hello! I’m Sam Nicholls.

A twenty-six year old Computational Biology PhD student at Aberystwyth University. Previously a first class Computer Science and Statistics graduate, during the study for which I spent a year out with the Numerical Algorithms Group and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. One time I worked at Google.

I like telling computers to do things, statistics, fries, and owls.

Say Hello: sam [at] samnicholls [dot] net
See also; @samstudio8, LinkedIn


Publications

Pre-Prints

Posters

  • Towards an algorithm for extracting exciting enzymes from metagenomic data
    Samuel M. Nicholls, Wayne Aubrey, Kurt de Grave, Leander Schietgat, Christopher J. Creevey, Amanda Clare.
    15th European Conference on Computational Biology, July 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands
  • A data structure and algorithm for recovering haplotypes from metagenomes (with Hansel and Gretel)
    Samuel M. Nicholls, Wayne Aubrey, Kurt de Grave, Leander Schietgat, Christopher J. Creevey, Amanda Clare.
    Computational Pan-Genomics Workshop, 15th European Conference on Computational Biology, July 2016 in The Hague, Netherlands
  • Meet the Metahaplome: A definition of functional haplotype resolution in the metagenome
    Samuel M. Nicholls
    2nd UK Bioinformatics Student Symposium, October 2015 in Norwich, UK
  • Goldilocks: Locating genomic regions that are “just right”
    Samuel M. Nicholls, Amanda Clare, Joshua C. Randall
    23rd Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology and 14th European Conference on Computational Biology, July 2015 in Dublin, Ireland
  • Application of Machine Learning Techniques to Next Generation Sequencing Quality Control
    Samuel M. Nicholls, Amanda Clare, Joshua C. Randall
    64th Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics, October 20, 2014 in San Diego, CA

Grants

  • Aberystwyth University Research Fund 2016
    Extracting exciting commercially exploitable enzymes from metagenomic data sets
    Co-authored £4,500 grant to cover lab and sequencing costs for proof of concept of my PhD algorithm.
  • Aberystwyth University Doctoral Career Development Scholarship
    50% PhD fees and stipend awarded by competition
  • Aberystwyth University IBERS Scholarship
    50% PhD fees and stipend awarded by IBERS scholarship

Awards

  • Best Poster
    2016 Annual IMPACS PhD Conference
    Aberystwyth University. Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science
  • Runner-Up Poster
    Excellence with Impact Poster Presentation
    Aberystwyth University. Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences
  • Best Student Presentation
    2014 Student Symposium on Computational Biology and Life Sciences, Cardiff
  • Best Minor Dissertation Project 2014
    Aberystwyth University. Department of Computer Science
  • 2012 O.L. Davies Prize in Statistics
    Aberystwyth University. Department of Mathematics
    Awarded to the undergraduate student with the best performance in Statistics in memory of the Professor Owen L. Davies