Anja is a scientific curator for ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas, and a member of the Functional Genomics Team since June 2015. She has gained experience in analysing microarray and high-throughput sequencing data during her PhD studies at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, where she has worked in the field of stem cell biology. She obtained her MSc degree in Molecular Biosciences from the University of Heidelberg in 2009.
Amy studied Human Genetics at the University of Nottingham for her bachelor degree. She did her PhD at the Brockdorff's lab, then at MRC Clinical Sciences Centre / Imperial College London, working on the epigenetic control of X-chromosome inactivation in mouse early development. The project was split 50:50 into wet-lab and bioinformatics, this is when she first got interested in bioinformatics. After a short postdoc in the same lab, she returned to study at Imperial for a MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, which helped her move laterally from wet-lab to bioinformatics.
Amy now leads the curation efforts for ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas databases in the Gene Expression Team, promoting reproducible research by maintaining curation quality, and also by driving the development of the user-friendly ArrayExpress data submission tool Annotare. To allow users make the most out of the databases and to educate researchers on best practices for reproducible research, she also manages all training activities for the Team, delivering most of the hands-on courses on functional genomics resources at EMBL-EBI and worldwide. Through listening to Annotare submitters' needs and gathering feedback at training courses, she also acts as users' advocate and works with software developers to improve user experience of ArrayExpress and Expression Atlas websites.
Before joining EMBL-EBI, Amy was a senior bioinformatician in the Ensembl GeneBuild team, curating gene models for key model organisms such as mouse and rat.
Melissa is the Scientific Training Officer (e-learning) for the Training Team at the EMBL-EBI. She joined the Training Team in July 2016 after having worked as a Scientific Curator for ArrayExpress/Expression Atlas at the EMBL-EBI. She has a PhD in Molecular Parasitology and has worked internationally as a postdoctoral researcher specialising in the functional genomics of infectious diseases.