Professor Graham Ball
Professor Graham Ball

Prof Graham Ball is Professor of Bioinformatics at Nottingham Trent University, UK and Director the John Van Geest Cancer Research Centre. Prof Graham Ball has 26 years’ experience in the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to biological problems. He has developed numerous approaches combining ML and statistical approaches for classification and systems biology. He has supervised 32 students (as director of studies and co-supervisor) from a biomedical sciences background to PhD award in a machine learning discipline. Some of the students for whom he was director of studies now work for organisations such a University of Oxford, Rockefeller University, UCLA Stanford, Public Health England and in leadership roles in industry. He has also supervised 80 masters project students from biomedical sciences, all of whom were applying machine learning techniques to biomedical data. He has undertaken non-award bearing post graduate teaching courses as a part of his role at NTU. He has regularly run international bioinformatics/ Machine learning and Computational biology courses (France, India, China) annually for the last 15 years. He has led numerous projects in the biomarker discovery and systems biology space over the last 20 years. He has led in the development and validation of bioinformatics algorithms using Artificial Neural Network-based machine learning for the last 28 years. He has 190 journal papers and five patents (2 granted) in this area. After a PhD (UN-funded) and a Post Doc modelling environmental interactions with machine learning (also UN-funded), in 2000 he shifted the focus of his activities to proteomic and genomic data, using the methods to search for proteins and genes associated with diseases. He also began to focus on developing machine learning methods for modelling biomedical systems. His current research interests focus on the classification and characterisation of biological systems, including diagnostic modelling and drug target discovery.

Professor Ball leads a team of bioinformatics and AI experts to provide CME training  via online live training sessions, webinars, masterclasses and panel discussions.