EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
EMBL-EBI Open Day 2015
Our Open Days are perfect for early-career scientists who would like to know more about what EMBL-EBI has to offer and the career opportunities available in bioinformatics.
New for 2015: more opportunities to meet EMBL-EBI's staff, find out what we do and what career paths are available in Bioinformatics.
EMBL-EBI's Open Day 2015 is free to attend but you must register your place in advance.
Chair: Katrina Costa
|09:45 - 10:00||~ Registration and refreshments ~|
|10:00 - 10:10||Welcome to EMBL-EBI's Open Day||Katrina Costa (Scientific Engagement Officer)|
|10:10 - 10:40||Overview of EMBL-EBI: what we do||Rolf Apweiler (Joint Director of EMBL-EBI)|
|10:40 - 11:10||Opportunities across EMBL: PhDs, Postdoctoral Fellowships and Careers||Helke Hillebrand (Dean of Graduate Studies, EMBL)|
|11:10 - 11:40||Training opportunities at EMBL-EBI||Sarah Morgan (Training Programme Manager)|
|11:40 - 12:00||How to get the most out of this afternoon||Katrina Costa|
|12:00 - 13:00||~ Lunch and demonstrations of EMBL-EBI's core resources ~|
|13:00 - 15:00||
|15:00 - 15:30||~ Refreshment break ~|
|15:30 - 16:00||Where next?|
Rolf Apweiler is Director of EMBL-EBI, together with Ewan Birney. Prior to this position he was Joint Associate Director, after many years of leading protein resources such as UniProt. Rolf has made a major contribution to methods for the automatic annotation of proteins, making it possible to add relevant information to proteome sets for entire organisms. He has spearheaded the development of standards for proteomics data, and his teams have maintained major collections of protein identifications from proteomics experiments (PRIDE) and molecular interactions (IntAct). He also led EMBL-EBI’s contribution to the Gene Ontology and is the current Director of Open Targets.
Rolf received his PhD from the University of Heidelberg in 1994, and has been at EMBL since 1987. His major contribution to the field of proteomics was recognised by the the Human Proteomics Organisation’s “Distinguished Achievement Award in Proteomics” in 2004 and his election to President of the Human Proteomics Organisation, which he held in 2007 and 2008. In 2012, he was elected as a member of EMBO and in 2015 he was elected to an ISCB (International Society for Computational Biology) fellow. Rolf also served over many years on a multitude of Editorial Boards and Scientific Advisory Boards.
Dr Helke Hillebrand studied Biology and Chemistry at Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany. Following a year at the Institute Pasteur, where she worked on her diploma thesis, she returned to Ruhr-University to complete her PhD in molecular plant physiology. She worked in multiple positions at BASF Plant Science starting out as a Senior Scientist and Group Leader before taking up positions of increasing responsibility in technology management. She then held the position of Spokeswoman for Investor Relations with BASF before moving to EMBL in 2008 in the position of Dean of Graduate Studies for the EMBL International PhD programme. She was promoted in 2011 to become responsible for all internal training at EMBL (PhD and Postdoctoral programmes) in the position of Academic Co-ordinator within EMBL’s International Center for Advanced Training (EICAT).
Sarah has a BSc and MSc in Biomedical Sciences, followed by a PhD from Cranfield University. Over a 10 year academic career her research has focused on tumour biomarker characterisation and cell-surface interaction. Beyond research she took an active role in the provision of postgraduate taught courses for the University as Lecturer in Molecular Medicine, leading the development and direction of a number of MSc Courses including the MSc in Translational Medicine, the MSc in Molecular Medicine, and more recently acting as director for the MSc Programmes in Advanced Biosciences. She has lectured on a variety of biomedical techniques and topics, including ethics and governance of research.
Hannah joined the Birney research group as a pre-doctoral fellow in October 2013. Before coming to Cambridge, she studied molecular biotechnology at Heidelberg University, Germany, where she obtained her BSc and MSc. For her master's thesis, she investigated the regulation of gene expression in the thymus and its impact on T cell tolerance induction. In her dissertation research at the EBI, she works on methods for genotype to phenotype mapping with a focus on high-dimensional phenotype data describing the morphology of the human heart. Alongside her research, Hannah has been organizing and teaching courses for the EMBL-EBI international PhD program.
Roland is an interdisciplinary Research Fellow in the Goldman group at EMBL-EBI. Before coming to EMBL-EBI, he worked at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute studying genome evolution and systems genetics with a focus on translational cancer medicine. Roland develops machine-learning and statistical methods to model evolutionary processes at the genome level. Alongside his research, Roland teaches the Network Biology module in the MPhil for Computational Biology, organises Phylogenetics seminars, supervises Part II Computer Science undergraduates in Bioinformatics and gives outreach lectures to lay audiences and younger students.
Emily is the Outreach Project Leader for Ensembl: she is responsible for the team that teaches workshops, creates training materials and help pages, manages social media, answers helpdesk queries and aids development of new tools for the resource. Emily started at EMBL-EBI as an Ensembl Outreach Officer in September 2012 and became the Project Leader in March 2015. Before working at EMBL-EBI, Emily did her PhD in molecular biology at the MRC Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, then worked for the University of Edinburgh's SCI-FUN group, touring Scottish secondary schools with an interactive science roadshow.
Steven joined the UniProt team in 2010 as a database developer. He is responsible for maintaining the underlying data warehouses, technical infrastructure, and public web services for UniProt. His day-to-day activity involves monitoring production services, quality assurance, as well as data analysis to forecast and predict trends. Steven also helps in user outreach and tutorials for UniProt. Prior to joining EMBL-EBI, he served as an Oracle Database Administrator for the New York state government in the United States. He received his BSc in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University at Albany in 2007.
Originally trained as a geneticist, Amy joined the functional genomics team in 2011 as a curator and Perl developer for ArrayExpress. She now manages and delivers training for the team, curates content for ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas, and collaborates with software developers on the design of ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas user interfaces. Before joining EMBL-EBI, Amy was a senior bioinformatician in the Ensembl GeneBuild team, curating gene models for organisms including mouse, rat, gorilla, cow and horse. She holds a PhD in mouse epigenetics (2006) and a MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (2008), both from Imperial College London.
Sirarat works with the SPOT team to refine and improve the content and structure of the Experimental Factor Ontology (EFO), and to maintain the semantic integrity underpinning integration with other ontologies. The infrastructure of EFO facilitates linking from experimental data to biological and clinical information via axiomatisation. Projects that use EFO include the Expression Atlas, PRIDE, GWAS Catalog, ENCODE, Cell Finder, Ensembl Variation, Fantom Five, Zooma, Open Targets, and the EMBL-EBI RDF Platform. Sirarat received her PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Michigan, with a thesis focus on translational data integration via biomedical ontologies. She completed her postdoctoral training at the US FDA Office of Clinical Pharmacology prior to joining the EMBL in 2014.