Brief Curriculum Vitae

Updated Sun Jun 25 22:34:53 BST 2017

Alastair F. Brown B.Sc.(Hons) Ph.D.

Full Name

Alastair Fergus Brown


I should probably put a paragraph here about how I am a great team player but able to work alone and use initiative, blah, blah, blah. You know the sort of thing, appears on almost every job application you have ever read, copied from the web or given by a trainer at a "How to Write a C.V." course. And I like things to be chronological, not in reverse order - that is done to please lazy H.R. staff and interviewers.


  • 1975-1979: B.Sc. (Hons) Molecular Biology - University of Glasgow
  • 1979-1982: Ph.D. "The Adhesion and Locomotion of Neutrophil Granulocytes on Two-Dimensional Substrata and in Three-Dimensional Matrices" - University of Glasgow


  • 1982-1983: Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Glasgow
  • 1983-1986: Medical Research Council Training Fellow, MRC Cell Biophysics Unit, King's College London
  • 1986-1991: Post-doctoral Researcher, MRC Cell Biophysics Unit/MRC Muscle and Cell Motility Unit, King's College London
  • 1991-1993: Computing Services Coordinator, MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh
  • 1993-2013: Head of Computing, MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh

Other Positions Held

  • 2001-present: Founding Council Member of Human Genome Variation Society (HGVS)
  • 2001-2008: Web master and Abstract Coordinator for annual Human Genome Meeting held by the Human Genome Organisation (HUGO)
  • 2003-present: Member of Editorial Board, Human Mutation (Wiley-Blackwell)

Other Qualifications and Courses Attended

  • 2009: ISEB Certificate in Information Security Management Principles - Pass with Distinction
  • Best Practice in Recruitment
  • Risk Assessment
  • Display Screen Equipment Health and Safety Assessor
  • Negotiating and Influencing Skills

Skill Sets

Computing Systems Management:
  • General: Project planning, risk assessment, budget management, disaster recovery/business continuity
  • Operating Systems: OpenBSD, Solaris, Windows, Linux
  • SANs: Sun/Oracle SAN systems, Transtec SAN systems
  • Networking: Planning, Design, and Roll out of Layer2/3 switches/routers, VLANs, CARP Failover, copper/fibre infrastructure
  • WiFi: Planning, Design, and Roll out of WiFi networks, access control to Open and Secure WiFi nets
  • Network Services: DNS (BIND/Unbound/NSD), DHCP, CIFS/Samba, FTP, SMS, VPN (OpenVPN,PPTP)
  • e-Mail: OpenSMTP, Sendmail, Postfix, IMAP, POP3
  • Security and Monitoring: PF Firewalls, Snort, Nagios/Icinga, Munin, Dansguardian
  • Web: HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, Apache, Nginx, Dokuwiki, Mediawiki, Drupal
  • Databases: mySQL
  • Programming: C, PHP, Unix Shell, Java, FORTRAN, Pascal, Basic, Assembler
Staff and Other Management:
  • Health and Safety, Risk Management
  • Business Continuity
  • Recruitment and interviewing
  • Staff development and appraisal
  • Budget Management
  • Interaction with collaborators and suppliers
  • Sat on various boards and committees for MRC/HGU/Edinburgh University

Presentations Made at International Conferences & Workshops

Apr 1984, PhiladelphiaScanning Electron Microscopy Meeting
Sep 1986, Hradec KralovaCytoCinema Meeting
Jun 1988, PardubiceCytoCinema Meeting
Oct 1993, Cork2nd EUROGEM Meeting
Feb 1994, Oslo Comparative Gene Mapping in Aquatic and Terrestrial Vertebrates Meeting
Apr 1994, LeidenALP Workshop (EUROGEM/Pharmacia Biotech)
Oct 1994, MontrealAmerican Society for Human Genetics Meeting (Pharmacia Workshop)
Nov 1994, RoosendaalAutomated Linkage Preprocessor Workshop
Oct 1997, Baltimore4th International Mutation Database Meeting
Oct 1998, Denver5th International Mutation Database Meeting
Mar 1999, Brisbane6th International Mutation Database Meeting
Apr 2003, CancunHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting
Nov 2003, Los AngelesHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting
Apr 2004, BerlinHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Session Chair)
Oct 2004, TorontoHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Presentation and Session Chair)
Apr 2005, KyotoHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Presentation and Session Chair)
Oct 2005, Salt Lake CityHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Session Chair)
Jun 2006, MelbourneHuman Variome Project Inaugural Meeting
May 2007, MontrealHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Session Chair)
May 2008, BarcelonaHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Session Chair)
Nov 2008, PhiladelphiaHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Session Chair)
May 2009, ViennaHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Session Chair)
Oct 2009, HonoluluHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Session Chair)
Nov 2010, Washington D.C.Human Genome Variation Society Meeting (Session Chair)
Oct 2011, MontrealHuman Genome Variation Society Meeting (Session Chair)

Other Presentations Overseas

Sep 1986, PragueInstitute of Molecular Genetics
Jul 1988, PragueInstitute of Molecular Genetics
Sep 1988, MoscowAll-Union Cancer Research Centre
Sep 1989, MoscowAll-Union Cancer Research Centre
Oct 1990, MoscowAll-Union Cancer Research Centre
Feb 1992, MoscowMoscow State University
Sep 1993, ParisPasteur Institute
Apr 1999, MelbourneMutation Research Centre

Other Interests

  • 1976-present: Director of Glasgow Perthshire Charitable Society (Preses 2000-2010, Bursary Coordinator 2011-present)
  • Luthiery
  • Playing guitar and other stringed instruments
  • Tropical Aquaria
  • Gardening
  • Former Chair Cramond School PSA/PTA


Please go to the Publications page.