Hugh Williams

Hugh Williams

Computer Science MSc Student and Freelance Copyeditor

Birkbeck College London

About Me

Computer Science MSc student and freelance subeditor working out of Brixton, London. I have particular interests in the open-source movement, decentralization of internet technologies and the crossover between synthetic biology and technology. Since graduating from Imperial College London, I have worked in scientific publishing in both content- and business-focussed roles. I’ve always been passionate about science, technology and research, so helping researchers from around the world to communicate their results is a very fulfilling experience.


  • Voice technologies
  • NLP and Information Retrieval
  • FOSS
  • Synthetic Biology


  • MSc Computer Science, Ongoing

    Birkbeck College London

  • BSc Biological Sciences, 2017

    Imperial College London










Tech Founder

Falmouth University Launchpad

Sep 2020 – Present Falmouth
Studying for a MSc in Entrepreneurship whilst founding an agri-tech start-up.

MSc Computer Science

Birkbeck College London

Oct 2019 – Sep 2020 London

Language Courses

  • Java
  • Python
  • C#

Theory Courses

  • Object Oriented Programming, SOLID, Design Patterns
  • Computer Archictecture and OS
  • Databases and Knowledge Management (SQL)
  • NLP and Information Retrieval
  • Information Systems (Technical Architectures, Agile Development)

Thesis Project (ongoing)

  • Igor: an Open-Source Voice Assistant for Biomedical Research
    • Python
    • REST APIs
    • Frontend web development

Freelance Copyeditor

Jan 2019 – Mar 2020 London

Working on titles across the Nature portfolio to produce scientific articles of exceptional quality.

  • Remote working as part of a global team.
  • Delivering high-volumes of work to tight schedules.

Journal Development Editor


Sep 2018 – Dec 2018 London

Overseeing five open-access journals in the medical imaging portfolio


  • Coordinating editorial and production and business teams.
  • Developing business plans to ensure journal growth.
  • Producing and updating content for journal websites and marketing campaigns.
  • Liasing with external investors.

Associate Subeditor


Sep 2017 – Sep 2018 London

Processing accepted manuscripts for publication in the world’s leading scientific journal


  • Editing scientific literature for clarity and style.
  • Redrafting submitted figures to ensure visual consistency across the journal.

BSc Biological Sciences with Research Abroad (First Class Hons)

Imperial College London

Oct 2013 – Jun 2017 London and Madrid


  • Final Year Project: Bioengineering Photosynthesis in Cyanobacteria (First).
  • Research placement at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid on hepatitis C virus with results published in Frontiers Microbiology.

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