The OnICS Team

Get to Know Us

Dr James V Watson, 

MA., MB., BS., M.SC., DMRT., FFR., FRCR.

Chairman and Medical Director

Dr. Watson is a Clinical Oncologist, initially in Radiotherapy, then Radiation Biology with extensive experience in Medical Oncology and Brachytherapy. Considerable computing experience started with programming as a medical student in 1962. Appointments include Middlesex Hospital and London University, then a move to Cambridge, UK, in 1975 as a Senior Clinical Scientist in the Medical Research Council Centre (MRC, including the Laboratory of Molecular Biology) and University of Cambridge, with consultant oncologist contracts in Addenbrooke''s and Bedford Hospitals. Internationally recognized for his work in cytometry and its application in cancer, he designed a dual-laser flow cytometer with 9 detectors at the MRC in the late 1970s/80s. He was a past President of the International Society for Analytical Cytology (ISAC). James has published extensively with over 250 peer reviewed clinical and scientific papers, over 100 abstracts in subjects as diverse as optics, statistics, computing, clinical medicine, pathology, biochemistry and cytometry.

Dr Nathan Hill

B.Sc, M.Sc, PhD


Dr Hill brings a set of highly complementary computing and bio-science skills to the OnICS team.
Dr Hill’s scientific research started from a very young age in achieving a Darwin Science Award for Young Scientists while studying at Whitchurch High School, Cardiff. Biological studies continued with a B.S.c in Biochemistry where his final year laboratory research was continued for publication after gaining a Wellcome Trust Scholarship. Research focused upon understanding intracellular communication in Heart tissue using digital imaging technologies at the University of Wales, College of Medicine, Cardiff.

A passion for combining biology and computer technology together became apparent during undergraduate study. To attain his goal, Dr Hill refined his computer programming skills with an M.S.c in Computing where his Bioinformatics dissertation focused upon using genetic information to understand cellular processes using complete genomic database information from The European Bioinformatics Institute based in Cambridge.

Application of Dr Hill’s computing and biological interests were harnessed in a PhD Studentship at the Tenovus Centre for Cancer Research at the Welsh School of Pharmacy in Cardiff University. His PhD thesis focused upon analysis strategies for novel exploration of in vitro Breast cancer models resistant to successful internationally acclaimed antihormonal therapeutic drugs namely Faslodex and Tamoxifen using Affymetrix Microarray technology. In conjunction with in vitro analysis, the importance of Biomarkers and limitations of certain prognostic indicators was explored using clinical resources such as the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program dataset from the United States. 

Dr Mark Edwards,

B.Sc, PhD


A unique skill set offering something new, backed up by a strong and varied background including Linux, Windows, Java, C, PHP and Python. A proven track record in delivering complex XCode and .NET applications under budget and on time. Voracious appetite for learning and problem solving. Able to master new systems and programming languages quickly and easily. Good communication skills. An effective thinker and doer offering proven analytical and design skills.

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