Eric is a physicist by training (BSc Physics at Queen Mary). After a masters project in experimental astronomy and studies in planetary geology he completed a doctorate in extragalactic astrophysics in the Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge (PhD, Darwin College). Following this he moved to University College London to work on statistical and population genetics and then biological networks and evolutionary biology in Professor Michael Stumpf’s Theoretical Systems Biology group at Imperial College, London. With an interest in science communication he joined Sense About Science, an organisation that promotes evidence-based science in the media and Parliament as their Science Liason Officer, but missing research rejoined academia to work with Dr J Krishnan in the Centre for Process Systems Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College developing mathematical models of protein synthesis.
He subsequently joined the Evolutionary Epidemiology group in the MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling in the Department Infectious Disease Epidemiology. Here his research involved understanding how evolutionary changes at the genetic sequence level interact with those at the epidemiological scale. Eric is also interested in the burgeoning field of astrobiology and organised the first Astrobiology and Early Evolution meeting at Imperial College and was formerly membership secretary of the Astrobiology Society of Britain.