Dr Mark Bek is the Senior Leader, Information Systems and Database Management at the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL). Mark possesses qualifications in medicine, public health/epidemiology, and information technology (IT), and is interested in the application of IT to public health microbiology data and scientific computing in general. After an early period working in the operational side of public health, he now works primarily on IT analysis, design and development. He has created systems to capture, analyse and report on MDU PHL's microbiological data (sample, testing and result information). Increasingly, this requires the inclusion and integration of bacterial genomic analyses and outputs.