The Ensembl project
The original course was compiled by Giulietta Spudich in 2012. The course was updated in 2016 and 2017 by Emily Perry, Helen Sparrow and Ben Moore.
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.
Helen joined Ensembl as an Outreach Officer in September 2015. As a member of the Outreach Team she delivers workshops, answers helpdesk queries, creates training materials and help pages, and manages social media. Before starting at EMBL-EBI, Helen did her PhD in environmental biotechnology at the University of York, then worked as the community manager at academia.edu and as a museum educator at the California Academy of Sciences.
Giulietta was the outreach project leader for the Ensembl at EMBL’s European Bionformatics Institute (EBI). The Ensembl project freely provides high quality annotation such as genes, sequence variation, and whole genome alignments across mainly vertebrate genomes. She leads a small team that organises and delivers training courses worldwide, and supports scientific communication about the project.
Before she started working with the Ensembl project in 2006, she obtained her PhD in Susan Marqusee's lab at UC Berkeley in 2002. She 'hopped the pond' to carry out postdoctoral research in biochemical studies of Myosin VI at the MRC-LMB in Cambridge, UK (2002-2006).
Ben joined Ensembl as an Outreach Officer in September 2015. As a member of the Outreach team he delivers workshops, answers helpdesk queries, creates training materials and help pages, and manages social media. Before starting at EMBL-EBI, Ben did his PhD in Biological Sciences at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge. Ben has previously hosted the BlueSci science radio show and now organises the annual Cambridge Pint of Science festival.
Funding and partners
We thank the contributors that support the Ensembl project.