Preston Hunter:
  world-class database designer and programmer

If you are trying to contact Preston Hunter because you need a world-class database designer and programmer... Then you have come to the right place.

I have over 20 years of experience as an expert relational database designer. I currently favor MySQL and PHP for most new projects, but I have extensive experience with a wide variety of RDBMS’s and programming languages.

You can contact me at:

Please do not hesitate to write. I don’t mind offering some advice and guidance (at no cost) via email.

I am the Data Chief at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics within the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University.

Preston Hunter, database designer

As a professional computer programmer and database designer with degrees in biology and computer programming, I have been the co-author many scientific papers, including the following:

  • “The ORFeome Collaboration: a genome-scale human ORF-clone resource” (Nature Methods, 25 February 2016) [article]
  • “Exploration of panviral proteome: high-throughput cloning and functional implications in virus-host interactions.” (Theranostics, 6 June 2014) [article]
  • “DNASU plasmid and PSI:Biology-Materials repositories: resources to accelerate biological research.” (Nucleic Acids Research, Jan. 2014) [article]
  • “PSI:Biology-materials repository: a biologist’s resource for protein expression plasmids” (Journal of Structural and Functional Genomics, 1 March 2011) [article]
  • “High-quality gene assembly directly from unpurified mixtures of microarray-synthesized oligonucleotides” (Nucleic Acids Research, Sep. 2010) [article]
  • “Genome-directed primers for selective labeling of bacterial transcripts for DNA microarray analysis” (Nature Biotechnology, Vol. 18, No. 6, 2000) [article]

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I really do love database design and database-oriented programming. The database cartoons I wrote below are something I created for my own amusement. I hope you enjoy them. (Note that I am not offering to write or draw cartoons for other people.) I am fairly flexible about letting other people re-publish these elsewhere, typically at no charge. Please send me a note to ask if you would like to use these.

Preston Hunter is interviewed:
What is a database designer?
(5-minute video)
Preston Hunter: Database Designer

short one-minute version:
Preston Hunter: Database Designer
Preston Hunter: Database Genius (relational database cartoon)
Preston Hunter: Database Genius (relational database cartoon): The History of Warfare
Preston Hunter: Database Genius (relational database cartoon): The Database Designer and the Chef
Preston Hunter: Database Genius (relational database cartoon): Post-Apocalyptic RDBMS
Preston Hunter: Database Genius (relational database cartoon): Why Database Designers Do Not Talk About Their Work at Home
Preston Hunter: Database Genius (relational database cartoon): Picnic Schema
Preston Hunter: Database Genius (relational database cartoon): What Do Your Friends Call You?
Preston Hunter: Database Genius (relational database cartoon): Career Day