Tony Burdett

Tony Burdett
Ontologies Coordinator/Ingest Tech Lead, Human Cell Atlas

Tony Burdett is a highly experienced bioinformatics software engineer and technical lead, and a biologist by training. His programming experience and expertise, coupled with his biomedical background, enables him to converse in detail with both developers and biologists.

Since December 2014, Tony has been the Technical Coordinator for the Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies Team, working on more than 13 grant-funded collaborations and EMBL-EBI core services. He is currently also the technical lead for the Human Cell Atlas Data Coordination Platform ingest service infrastructure. 

Tony joined EMBL-EBI in 2005, when he worked on the ComparaGrid project, a semantic data-integration research project, gaining expertise in cutting edge semantic web technology. He then moved to the Functional Genomics Production Team as a senior software engineer, developing and maintaining production data-loading pipelines and curation tools, then became Lead Programmer with overall responsibility for direction and design of biological data curation and workflow tools. Before joining EMBL-EBI, Tony completed a Masters degree in Bioinformatics from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and was awarded the Phillip Merlin Prize for the best research dissertation exploring parallel programming techniques in sequence alignment algorithms. 

Tony takes pride in his ability to marry profoundly complex biological problems with the very latest software development techniques to create accomplished products and services of high value to the life-sciences community.

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2513-5396

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