About Me

Hello! I’m Sam Nicholls.

Long-read metagenomics post-doc at University of Birmingham. I reliably move files and tiny liquids around. I invented Monster DNA Lab and make things for Sam and Tom Industrys. I like fries, owls, and free wine.

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



  • Genome Informatics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, NY USA
    Detecting microbial transmission and engraftment after faecal microbiota transplants with long-read metagenomics and reticulatus
    November 2019
  • JAX Long Read Workshop, Jackson Laboratory, CT USA
    Ultra-deep long-read metagenomics
    September 2019



  • 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


  • Runner Up
    Research as Art 2019
    Swansea University
  • 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