Terry Speed uses his expertise in statistics, mathematics and computing to help biologists analyse the large datasets that result from modern DNA sequencing techniques. Using his statistical tools, researchers can pick out gene patterns that differentiate healthy cells from their unhealthy counterparts. In particular, Terry is the leading authority on analysing data sourced from DNA microarrays.
A particular line of Terry’s research is developing ways to distinguish benign thyroid growths from cancerous ones through gene analysis. He is also involved in The Cancer Genome Atlas, an international collaboration that is working to identify the genetic changes responsible for more than 20 types of cancer.