Tony Burdett

Tony Burdett
Technical Team Leader, Archival Infrastructure and Technology

Tony Burdett leads the Archival Infrastructure and Technology team, which develops services and provides technology to support the activities of EMBL-EBI’s molecular archives, including data submission, storage, validation, coordination and presentation. 

Tony joined EMBL-EBI in 2005 and has personally built and led development teams for many resources such as the GWAS Catalog, ArrayExpress, the Expression Atlas and BioSamples. His team now develops the ingestion service for the Human Cell Atlas Data Coordination Platform, the infrastructure behind the European Nucleotide Archive, and the BioSamples database.

Tony has a biological and medical background, having spent some time at medical school before graduating with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and a MRes in Bioinformatics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has a special interest in developing federated, cloud-based data platforms and has many years of experience in developing semantically-rich RESTful APIs for the submission and distribution of life sciences data. He takes pride in his ability to marry profoundly complex biological problems with the very latest development techniques to create highly accomplished, open source, reusable software and services.

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2513-5396

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Burdett team

The Archival Infrastructure and Technology Team provides infrastructure and development to support, in collaboration with the Cochrane, Keane and Parkinson teams, the ingestion, storage, validation, coordination and presentation of data in EMBL-EBI’s molecular archival resources (European Nucleotide Archive, the European Genome-phenome Archive and the European Variation Archive).

The Archival Infrastructure and Technology Team also develops and operates the data ingestion services for the Human Cell Atlas, EMBL-EBI’s Unified Submission Interface, and the BioSamples database.

The team has expertise in managing, representing and integrating biological data from a wide range of domains. To do so, it uses a variety of different technologies, including graph databases such as Neo4J, search platforms like Solr, and containerisation technologies like Docker and Kubernetes. They team also develops open-source software and services, using RESTful APIs for both submission and search. The team’s special interest is translating these techniques to support federated and cloud-based bioinformatics data management.

Members of the Archival Infrastructure and Technology Team work on a number of projects, including ELIXIR and GA4GH, and collaborate closely with institutes and development teams around the globe such as the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), the Broad Institute, the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ).




Team members

  • Alegria Aclan
  • Laura Clarke
  • Melanie Courtot
  • Ami Day
  • Rajkumar Devaraj
  • Karoly Erdos
  • Dipayan Gupta
  • Yusra Haider
  • Muhammad Haseeb
  • Eugene Ivanov
  • Amnon Khen
  • Rasko Leinonen
  • Isuru Liyanage
  • Tracey Mahoney
  • Claire Rye
  • Enrique Sapena Ventura
  • Marion Shadbolt
  • Alexie Staffer
  • Raymund Stefancsik
  • Wei Kheng Teh
  • Prabhat Totoo
  • Senthilnathan Vijayaraja
  • Jacob Windsor
  • Fuqi Xu