Russell Hamilton heads the bioinformatics core facility at the Centre for Trophoblast Research (CTR), University of Cambridge. He manages a small team providing bioinformatics support, as well as pursuing independent research. The focus of the CTR is the study of the placenta and maternal-fetal interactions during pregnancy and brings together over 25 Principal Investigators based in different departments within the University of Cambridge and Babraham Institute. He has previously worked in industry at Cambridge Epigenetix (CEGX) developing epigenetics tools to enable single base resolution sequencing of methyl-cytosine (mC) and hydroxymethyl-cytosine (hmC). Prior to this was a senior postdoc in the Department of Biochemistry at University of Oxford, working on the RNA structural motifs required for mRNA localization and their interaction with trans-acting protein factors. Russell received an MSc in Intelligent Systems from the University of Aberdeen and his PhD in bioinformatics from the University of Edinburgh. At each of his previous positions, Russell has set up bioinformatics infrastructure including pipelines for next-generation sequencing, RNA structure searches, protein structural modelling and a microscope imaging facility.