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nexaSTEM was formed in 2016 by Lee Larcombe as a vehicle to continue his previous work supporting education, training and skills development for life scientists - predominantly in bioinformatics and associated statistics, and quantitative skills.


Lee began his scientific career in the lab, with an undergraduate degree in Genetics from QMUL and later, a PhD from Cranfield University. He moved into bioinformatics, eventually leading to the post of Lecturer in Genetics and Computational biology at Cranfield where he was the course director of the University's MSc in Applied Bioinformatics.


His career has now spanned academia, industry and research – and he has broad experience of teaching and training, including development of training strategy. He has developed and delivered material to, as well as assessed students in bioinformatics, molecular biology and clinical research fields. He has supervised 5 research students to completion and over 60 MSc student research projects - often with industry collaboration.


Lee’s research has focussed mainly on functional genetics, and data integration for the study of oncology and the discovery of novel targets for the development of immuno-oncology therapeutics. As well as owning nexaSTEM, he owns Applied Exomics Ltd - a contract R&D company specialised in bioinformatics and data integration support to biotech and pharma companies.
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The skills landscape today faces critical needs and challenges, but also presents many exciting opportunities to deliver innovative solutions and impact the work of thousands of scientists across the sector.


If you are interested in working with me to improve opportunities for learning in the life sciences please get in touch. nexaSTEM is based at the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, UK.