Prof. Mario Caccamo
National Institute of Agricultural Botany
Professor Mario Caccamo is head of Crop Bioinformatics at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) in Cambridge (UK) and holds an honorary professorship at the University of East Anglia. His current research interests are focused on the improvement of crops by using data-driven approaches. Previously Professor Caccamo directed the Earlham Institute (formerly known as The Genome Analysis Centre) where he led the work to set up one of the largest European DNA sequencing and bioinformatics centres. Professor Caccamo completed a Ph.D. in theoretical computer science at BRICS, University of Aarhus (Denmark) and an MSc in computer science in the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil). He has held postdoctoral and scientific roles at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the European Bioinformatics Institute during the early days of NGS technologies, contributing to the design and development of novel algorithmic approaches for DNA sequencing data analysis. Since April 2017 Professor Caccamo is Managing Director of NIAB EMR.