OME Teams

OME is developed as a joint project between research-active teams in universities and institutes across Europe and the United States.


Meet the Teams

Swedlow Lab

University of Dundee logo
Professor Jason Swedlow
Division of Computational Biology
School of Life Sciences
University of Dundee
United Kingdom

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Jason Swedlow

Co-Founder

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Jason Swedlow

Co-Founder


Jason Swedlow earned a BA in Chemistry from Brandeis University in 1982. He performed his PhD in Biophysics with Profs D. A. Agard and J. W. Sedat, finishing in 1994. Dr Swedlow was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF and then Harvard Medical School from 1994 and 1998, supported by a Damon Runyon Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund Fellowship from 1995 to 1997. In 1998, Dr Swedlow established his own laboratory at the Wellcome Trust Biocentre, University of Dundee, Scotland as a Principal Investigator and Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellow. He was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship in 2002, and named Professor of Quantitative Cell Biology in 2007. His lab focuses on studies of mitotic and interphase chromosome structure and dynamics. He is Co-Director of the Analytical and Quantitative Microscopy Course. He is co-founder of OME (along with Peter Sorger and Ilya Goldberg).

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Sebastien Besson

Senior Software Developer

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Sebastien Besson

Senior Software Developer


Sebastien Besson joined the OME team as a developer in march 2012. Originally trained as a physicist, he received his PhD from the Unversite Pierre at Marie Curie in Paris. He then carried out postdoctoral research at the interface between physics and biology at Harvard University. In 2011, Sebastien joined the Danuser lab to convert in-house image analysis into turn-key software packages for the cell biology community. He became part of the main Dundee team in 2015.

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Jean-Marie Burel

Senior Software Architect

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Jean-Marie Burel

Senior Software Architect


Jean-Marie Burel joined the staff of the Swedlow lab in 2003. Since then, he's been contributing to the development of OME, and spends most of his time working on the OMERO.insight project. He received is PhD in mathematics from the University of Brest in 2000. His research interests lie in the area of harmonic maps, harmonic morphisms and geometric structure. After his PhD, he worked in a private company as developer then moved (September 2001) to Lund University, Sweden, where he held a post-doctoral research position. Jean-Marie now enjoys the muddy rugby pitches of Scotland.

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Mark Carroll

Software Developer

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Mark Carroll

Software Developer


Mark Carroll joined the OME team in October 2012 as a software developer. Since graduating in computer science he has mostly worked in scientific and research computing as a software developer, system administrator, principal investigator, and technical writer. Past projects have included artificial intelligence (especially inference and planning), numerical simulation of physical systems (including sonar propagation, ligand-protein docking, and communications networks), using various programming languages (C, Perl, Java, Lisp, Haskell, and others), funded through academic institutions and the US military. At home he mostly eats, sleeps, watches television, and herds children, but hopes someday to make time for pursuits such as music, swimming, and cookery.

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Helen Flynn

Technical Writer

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Helen Flynn

Technical Writer


Helen Flynn joined the OME team in September 2012 as a technical writer. She received her PhD in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen in 2003 and then spent 9 years as a post-doctoral researcher in the Environmental Modelling group, working on soil nutrient cycling, land management and climate change. Writing epic reviews for the likes of the International Fertilizer Industry Association has prepared her for this move into a more communication-based role. In her spare time, Helen enjoys getting out and about in the countryside, and playing sci-fi and fantasy roleplaying games.

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David Gault

Software Developer

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David Gault

Software Developer


David Gault joined the OME team in August 2015 as a software developer. David lives and works from Belfast N.Ireland where he graduated with a Masters in Computer Science from Queens University Belfast. Since then he has worked as a developer across many different industries including the Office team at Microsoft, investment banking, scientific image acquisition and cloud based streaming for TV and media. In his spare time he likes to research and tinker with projects in areas such as augmented reality and natural human interfaces.

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Kenny Gillen

System Administrator

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Kenny Gillen

System Administrator


Kenny Gillen joined the OME team in November 2012 as system administrator. He graduated from the University of Glasgow and initially worked with Strathclyde Fire and Rescue's management and incident information systems. From there he moved into the University of Glasgow's Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, part of the Glasgow Clinical Trials Unit, where he developed web and server applications for clinical research, alongside developing and maintaining the server, networking, storage and power systems in their dedicated clinical research data centre. When he's not configuring servers he is happiest in the the hills cycling, winter mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, paragliding, and hill running. Kenny relaxes by playing the piano, learning the Celtic lap harp and perfecting the ultimate risotto.

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Roger Leigh

Software Developer

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Roger Leigh

Software Developer


Roger Leigh joined the OME team in March 2012 as a software developer. He received his PhD in Biology from the University of York in 2012 where he worked in the Centre of Immunology and Infection investigating the vascularisation of lymphoid organs during embryonic development using epifluorescence, confocal and multi-photon microscopy, of both live and fixed tissues in addition to utilising in vitro models of angiogenesis and vasculogenesis with ex vivo tissue explants. He also has interests in high-throughput high-content screening and image analysis, and worked on this while on placement at AstraZeneca during his Masters degree. Roger is also a developer of the Debian GNU/Linux distribution, having interests in lightweight virtualisation, object storage, build intrastructure and general systems programming using C, C++ and Perl. In his free time, Roger is a keen mountaineer, climber and cyclist, in addition to spending far too much time hacking on Debian and Free Software.

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Simon Li

Software Developer

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Simon Li

Software Developer


Simon Li joined the OME as a software developer in October 2012, and is working on visual image search and automated image annotation/labelling for OMERO. He has an interdisciplinary PhD in a mix of biological image analysis, machine learning and cell biology, and has previously worked on a wide variety of projects including developing an automated subtitling system, analysing homing pigeon navigation strategies, and working on a robot sheep dog simulator. In his spare time he enjoys walking and cycling in the hills, and is considering starting a bike polo group in Dundee, or learning the bagpipes.

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Dominik Lindner

Software Developer

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Dominik Lindner

Software Developer


Dominik Lindner joined the team in Dundee as a Software Developer in February 2014. After studying Bioinformatics at the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan, Freising, he worked at different places as Java Software Developer with a bit of Linux system administration. His projects mostly had a bioinformatics background (analysis of multiple sequence alignments, DNA sequence optimization) with a short side trip into the world of logistics/warehousing. In his spare time he enjoys exploring Scotland's countryside on foot, on the bicycle or on the motorbike; respectively when the days are short and the weather's bad, trying to set up the ultimate Linux system.

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June Matthew

Project Co-ordinator

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June Matthew

Project Co-ordinator


June Matthew joined the OME team at Dundee University in November 2013.

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Josh Moore

Senior Software Architect

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Josh Moore

Senior Software Architect


Josh Moore is an American developer living in Walluf, Germany, with his wife and two kids. With a background in machine learning and distributed computing, Josh began work on the OMERO Java server in the Spring of 2005 as part of the Swedlow Lab, after evaluating use of the OME Perl server for the Mitocheck project while in the iBios group at the DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany. Before that he was a German-language pre-school teacher at a Montessori school in Alabama, of all things. He's a lisp-loving, Aikido-practicing, vegan with interests in RDF, HDF, and various other three letter acronyms.

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Will Moore

Software Developer

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Will Moore

Software Developer


Will Moore came to Dundee as a cell biologist to do his PhD and then joined Jason's lab as a post-doc in 2003. Having got interested in the OME project from a user's point of view, he decided on a change of scene and left the lab to do an MSc in Applied Computing at Dundee University's School of Computing. He returned to the Swedlow lab for his MSc project. His goal was to make it easier for biologists to record their experimental metadata in a digital form. This was the start of the OMERO.editor development, which continued when he joined the lab as a developer in October 2007. His other interests include mountaineering, sailing and motorbiking.

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Balaji Ramalingam

Software Developer

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Balaji Ramalingam

Software Developer


Balaji Ramalingam joined the OME team at Dundee University in January 2014 as a software developer. He studied Biotechnology at Anna University, India. He is enthusiastic about working on the integration of computation, instrumentation and automation in biology. His field of expertise is in high throughput biology and automation management. He is a Matlab junkie, cricket fanatic and a hardcore fan of CSK. Conducting grass-roots cricket training programs for kids, and running behind them, was one of his favourite pastimes back in India.

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Gabriella Rustici

Project Manager

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Gabriella Rustici

Project Manager


Gabriella Rustici became part of the OME team in 2015 working on the IDR project. She earned her PhD in Genetics from the University of Cambridge in 2004, and first got involved in bioinformatics training while working at EMBL-EBI, with a particular focus on developing training solutions in the functional genomics domain. Gabriella's activities focus on training and educating the life science and biomedical communities to use bioinformatics resources for the analysis and interpretation of biological and biomedical data. She is a member of the ELIXIR Training Platform, helping to develop standards and best-practice guidelines for the assessment of training quality and impact. She is also an active contributor to the Global Organization for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (GOBLET) and the ISCB Education Committee.

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Petr Walczysko

QA Software Specialist

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Petr Walczysko

QA Software Specialist


Petr Walczysko joined the OME project in October 2012 as a software specialist for testing and quality assurance. He studied at Charles University of Prague where he received Master of Science degree in Physics and the University of Freiburg in Germany where he received PhD in Biology. Throughout his PhD studies and his further career as a researcher he was intensively using conventional, confocal and multiphoton fluorescence microscopy applications on biological systems. He was adapting these optical microscopy techniques for particular biological problems, and also worked on the subsequent image analysis of microscopic images in a range of image analysis programmes. He enjoys yoga, reading and chess.

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Harald Waxenegger

Software Developer

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Harald Waxenegger

Software Developer


Harald Waxenegger joined the OME team in December 2015 to help implement new design ideas for viewing image data within OMERO.web. Previously he was working on an orthogonal volume viewer and GIS related projects. Altogether he has been developing applications for 15+ years now, both inside the scientific domain and outside. When he isn't working he is busy with his children and vice versa which means there is little time left for his favorite hobbies: 'Fussball' and Tennis - but then again he's getting too old and injury-prone anyhow so that watching them on TV is the healthier option.

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Eleanor Williams

Data Annotator

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Eleanor Williams

Data Annotator


Eleanor Williams joined the OME team in 2015 to work as a data annotator on the Image Data Repository project. She has a PhD in insect chemical ecology. After a few of years of research into crop pests she shifted to bioinformatics, working as a computer biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She then moved to EMBL-EBI where she curated functional genomics data for the ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas databases. Outside of work she likes hanging out with her family, growing veg and is starting to really like running.

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Wilma Woudenberg

PA to Jason Swedlow

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Wilma Woudenberg

PA to Jason Swedlow


Wilma Woudenberg joined the OME team at Dundee University in April 2012 as Jason's PA. She also provides support for his work with Glencoe.


Development Teams

Other teams are also working on developing or integrating OME tools.




Former members of the OME team in Dundee


Chris Allan
Colin Blackburn
Andrea Falconi
Gus Ferguson
Stefan Frank
Kelli Griffis
Emma Hill
Simone Leo
Scott Littlewood
Brian Loranger
Scott Loynton
Donald MacDonald
Andrew Patterson
Blazej Pindelski
Aleksandra Tarkowska
Joyce Walsh
Simon Wells


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