Professional Experience

Research Assistant and Developer

The University of Auckland

November 2019 – March 2020

I worked with the Allison Group at the School of Biological Sciences, implementing UX improvements for CherryPicker.

CherryPicker is a software tool written in C++ and Python. It uses feature matching against existing databases to parameterise new molecules for Molecular Dynamics simulation.

Software Developer


July 2014 – February 2020

I worked on the Geneious Prime development team, maintaining and extending this software suite for molecular biology and sequence analysis.

  • Developed in Java for this desktop platform, using JetBrains IDEs and the Atlassian ecosystem for agile project management.
  • Worked across multiple modules, with special focus on the phylogenetic tree viewer, cloning tools, and the licensing tool.
  • Implemented a CRISPR guide finding tool that was a finalist in the 2015 BioIT World “Best in Show” awards.
  • Worked in a second, cross-functional team integrating cloud services into the desktop platform.

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