Cath Brooksbank

Cath Brooksbank

Head: Training Programme

Before joining EMBL-EBI in 2002 Cath spent a decade as an editor of scientific review journals, cutting her teeth with the Elsevier Trends Journals before launching Nature Reviews Cancer. A brief dalliance with medicine at the University of Oxford led her to seek solace in molecules in Cambridge, where she completed her PhD in biochemistry under the guidance of Robin Irvine. Cath joined EMBL-EBI to develop the outreach programme, and extended her responsibilities to include user training in 2006. Her team now coordinates a wide-ranging portfolio of training and scientific outreach activities reaching tens of thousands of individuals each year. She co-chaired ELIXIR’s training workpackage, which developed a pan-European strategy to train the growing and diversifying users of Europe’s public-domain biological databases. She also works with the Innovative Medicines Initiative’s Education and Training projects to develop their joint strategy on course quality. 

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9395-7001

Tel:+44 (0)1223 492 525 / Fax:+44 (0)1223 494 468

Training

As part of EMBL-EBI’s mission to serve the research community, the Training Team coordinates EMBL-EBI’s training and scientific outreach activities. We work closely with our colleagues throughout EMBL-EBI, and with the broader bioinformatics training community, to deliver an extensive training programme. This includes courses at EMBL-EBI in our state-of-the-art training facilities, workshops outside EMBL-EBI and free, on-demand elearning at Train online.

EMBL-EBI's training programme is part of EICAT, the EMBL International Centre for Advanced Training. We participate in a number of pan-European projects, including EMTRAIN and BioMedBridges.

Our team als organises conference exhibitions, open days and career days, where you can learn more about EMBL-EBI, its training programme and opportunities at EMBL-EBI.

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Publications

2014

Bioinformatics curriculum guidelines: toward a definition of core competencies.
Welch L, Lewitter F, Schwartz R, Brooksbank C, Radivojac P, Gaeta B, Schneider MV.
PLoS Comput Biol Volume 10 (2014) p.e1003496
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003496

The European Bioinformatics Institute's data resources 2014.
Brooksbank C, Bergman MT, Apweiler R, Birney E, Thornton J.
Nucleic Acids Res Volume 42 (2014) p.d18-25
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkt1206

2013

iAnn: an event sharing platform for the life sciences.
Jimenez RC, Albar JP, Bhak J, Blatter MC, Blicher T, Brazas MD, Brooksbank C, Budd A, De Las Rivas J, Dreyer J, van Driel MA, Dunn MJ, Fernandes PL, van Gelder CW, Hermjakob H, Ioannidis V, Judge DP, Kahlem P, Korpelainen E, Kraus HJ, Loveland J, Mayer C, McDowall J, Moran F, Mulder N, Nyronen T, Rother K, Salazar GA, Schneider R, Via A, Villaveces JM, Yu P, Schneider MV, Attwood TK, Corpas M.
Bioinformatics Volume 29 (2013) p.1919-1921
DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btt306

Best practices in bioinformatics training for life scientists.
Via A, Blicher T, Bongcam-Rudloff E, Brazas MD, Brooksbank C, Budd A, De Las Rivas J, Dreyer J, Fernandes PL, van Gelder C, Jacob J, Jimenez RC, Loveland J, Moran F, Mulder N, Nyrönen T, Rother K, Schneider MV, Attwood TK.
Brief Bioinform Volume 14 (2013) p.528-537
DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbt043

2012

Bioinformatics meets user-centred design: a perspective.
Pavelin K, Cham JA, de Matos P, Brooksbank C, Cameron G, Steinbeck C.
PLoS Comput Biol Volume 8 (2012) p.e1002554
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002554

Bioinformatics Training Network (BTN): a community resource for bioinformatics trainers.
Schneider MV, Walter P, Blatter MC, Watson J, Brazas MD, Rother K, Budd A, Via A, van Gelder CW, Jacob J, Fernandes P, Nyrönen TH, De Las Rivas J, Blicher T, Jimenez RC, Loveland J, McDowall J, Jones P, Vaughan BW, Lopez R, Attwood TK, Brooksbank C.
Brief Bioinform Volume 13 (2012) p.383-389
DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbr064

European initiative towards quality standards in education and training for discovery, development and use of medicines.
Klech H, Brooksbank C, Price S, Verpillat P, Bühler FR, Dubois D, Haider N, Johnson C, Lindén HH, Payton T, Renn O, See W.
Eur J Pharm Sci Volume 45 (2012) p.515-520
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejps.2011.12.005

2010

Bioinformatics training: selecting an appropriate learning content management system--an example from the European Bioinformatics Institute.
Wright VA, Vaughan BW, Laurent T, Lopez R, Brooksbank C, Schneider MV.
Brief Bioinform Volume 11 (2010) p.552-562
DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbq023

Bioinformatics training: a review of challenges, actions and support requirements.
Schneider MV, Watson J, Attwood T, Rother K, Budd A, McDowall J, Via A, Fernandes P, Nyronen T, Blicher T, Jones P, Blatter MC, De Las Rivas J, Judge DP, van der Gool W, Brooksbank C.
Brief Bioinform Volume 11 (2010) p.544-551
DOI: 10.1093/bib/bbq021

The European Bioinformatics Institute's data resources.
Brooksbank C, Cameron G, Thornton J.
Nucleic Acids Res Volume 38 (2010) p.d17-25
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkp986

2006

Data standards: a call to action.
Brooksbank C, Quackenbush J.
OMICS Volume 10 (2006) p.94-99
DOI: 10.1089/omi.2006.10.94

2005

It's all GO for plant scientists.
Clark JI, Brooksbank C, Lomax J.
Plant Physiol Volume 138 (2005) p.1268-1279
DOI: 10.1104/pp.104.058529

A Quick Guide to the EMBL Bank Nucleotide Sequence Database
Cochrane G, Brooksbank C.
Volume (2005) p.34-35

The European Bioinformatics Institute's data resources: towards systems biology.
Brooksbank C, Cameron G, Thornton J.
Nucleic Acids Res Volume 33 (2005) p.d46-53
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gki026

2004

ISMB/ECCB 2004

Bioinformatics Volume 20 (2004) p.i1-i2
DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bth950

2003

The European Bioinformatics Institute's data resources.
Brooksbank C, Camon E, Harris MA, Magrane M, Martin MJ, Mulder N, O'Donovan C, Parkinson H, Tuli MA, Apweiler R, Birney E, Brazma A, Henrick K, Lopez R, Stoesser G, Stoehr P, Cameron G.
Nucleic Acids Res Volume 31 (2003) p.43-50
DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkg066

The Gene Ontology Annotation (GOA) Project--Application of GO in SWISS-PROT, TrEMBL and InterPro.
Camon E, Barrell D, Brooksbank C, Magrane M, Apweiler R.
Comp Funct Genomics Volume 4 (2003) p.71-74
DOI: 10.1002/cfg.235

2002

Top scorer.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.81
DOI: 10.1038/nrc730

Drifting downstream.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.79
DOI: 10.1038/nrc733

One size fits all.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.78-79
DOI: 10.1038/nrc736

RAS, the magician.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.249
DOI: 10.1038/nrc794

Standards for microarray data.
Ball CA, Sherlock G, Parkinson H, Rocca-Sera P, Brooksbank C, Causton HC, Cavalieri D, Gaasterland T, Hingamp P, Holstege F, Ringwald M, Spellman P, Stoeckert CJ Jr, Stewart JE, Taylor R, Brazma A, Quackenbush J, Microarray Gene Expression Data (MGED) Society.
Science Volume 298 (2002) p.539
DOI: 10.1126/science.298.5593.539b

The underlying principles of scientific publication.
Ball CA, Sherlock G, Parkinson H, Rocca-Sera P, Brooksbank C, Causton HC, Cavalieri D, Gaasterland T, Hingamp P, Holstege F, Ringwald M, Spellman P, Stoeckert CJ Jr, Stewart JE, Taylor R, Brazma A, Quackenbush J, Microarray Gene Expression Data.
Bioinformatics Volume 18 (2002) p.1409
DOI: 10.1093/bioinformatics/18.11.1409

Unable to resist.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Cancer Volume 2 (2002) p.248
DOI: 10.1038/nrc785

2001

Protein trafficking. Made for export.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol Volume 2 (2001) p.84-85
DOI: 10.1038/35052032

Endocytosis. Tent pegs for clathrin.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol Volume 2 (2001) p.166
DOI: 10.1038/35056559

Protein-protein interactions: Phosphothreonine lego.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol Volume 2 (2001) p.5
DOI: 10.1038/35048033

Eating well.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol Volume 2 (2001) p.83
DOI: 10.1038/35052029

Phosphorylation. The key to staying faithful.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol Volume 2 (2001) p.167
DOI: 10.1038/35056503

Cell division: Dodging death at division?
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol Volume 2 (2001) p.8
DOI: 10.1038/35048000

Protein degradation: Parkin finds a partner and a victim.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol Volume 2 (2001) p.4-5
DOI: 10.1038/35048003

2000

Pocket the difference.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol Volume 1 (2000) p.9
DOI: 10.1038/35036032

A cell cycle controller rewrites its CV.
Brooksbank C.
Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol Volume 1 (2000) p.3-4
DOI: 10.1038/35036002

1999

Hope, not hype, for the future of stem-cell-based therapies.
Brooksbank C.
Mol Med Today Volume 5 (1999) p.1
DOI: 10.1016/s1357-4310(98)01416-6

1993

Monoclonal antibodies to phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinase: distribution and intracellular localization of the C isoform.
Brooksbank CE, Hutchings A, Butcher GW, Irvine RF, Divecha N.
Biochem J Volume 291 ( Pt 1) (1993) p.77-82

1992

Purification and characterization of phosphatidylinositol 4-phosphate 5-kinases.
Divecha N, Brooksbank CE, Irvine RF.
Biochem J Volume 288 ( Pt 2) (1992) p.637-642