Hello. I’m new around here and I thought I should introduce myself. My name is Arfon Smith and I’m the latest addition to the Galaxy Zoo team. I’ve been appointed to the role of technical lead and I’m looking forward to working with Chris in Oxford on some really exciting new stuff for future versions of Galaxy Zoo.
Galaxy Zoo is a great project and a perfect fit for my two main interests, Astronomy and Software. I have a PhD in Astrochemistry from The University of Nottingham where I studied the role that dust has to play in a variety of astrophysical environments.
More recently I have been working as a software developer at The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Human Genome Project) near Cambridge. At Sanger, I’ve been working on web applications to support the high-throughput sequencing of DNA. It’s been a great experience but I’m really looking forward to being back in the astronomical community.
Anyway, that’s about all for now! For those of you interested, I’ll be blogging about some more technical aspects of the software development process going on behind the scenes at Galaxy Zoo. Look out for updates soon!