Patrick Westphal was a visiting student at Professor Robert Hoehndorf's Bio-Ontology Research Group (BORG) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). During his three months (Jan 2016 – Mar 2016) internship at the Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC), he worked with the Bio-Ontology Research Group where he contributed to different projects aiming at finding correlations and causalities in relations between genotypes and phenotypes, and genes, diseases, and drugs. The applied techniques were usually backed by OWL ontologies or knowledge bases expressed in other knowledge representation languages, and ranged from 'classic' machine learning methods to more symbolic learning approaches like association rule mining, Inductive Logic Programming (ILP), or refinement-based OWL class expression learning. Currently, Patrick is working as a Research Associate at Leipzig University, Germany.

A summary list of his core fields of work and experience gained is given below:
  •  Machine learning on bio-ontologies
  • Genotype-phenotype interactions
  • Gene-disease-drug interactions
  • Cluster computing
  • Message Passing Interface (MPI)
  • Resource management with Slurm