Bridging Informatics and Biology: case studies from the “field”

Seminar | IST Taguspark - Room 1.38 | 10:00

Daniel Sobral,

Gulbenkian Science Institute


In Biology, like in many disciplines, technological advances are
generating a flurry of new data. Many researchers in Biology are having a
hard time processing and integrating these new massive datasets to obtain
biological insights. The Bioinformatics Unit at the IGC is a service
facility that provides support to researchers in handling and processing
large datasets of biological data, particularly of sequencing data. In
this talk, I will give a few examples of user support we’ve been
providing, as well as some of our attempts at empowering the user and
increasing autonomy.


Daniel Sobral graduated in Informatics Engineering from Instituto Superior
Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal). His interest in Biology led him to join the
Gulbenkian PhD programme, and conduct his doctoral studies in
Bioinformatics at the Université Aix-Marseille (France) with Dr. Patrick
Lemaire. During his PhD he worked in different aspects of bioinformatics,
particularly focusing on gene expression networks underlying embryonic
development of a model organism, all of this integrated into a community
resource. Later he became a Developer for the Ensembl Project where he
worked mostly in integrating epigenetic data from the ENCODE project in
Ensembl. In this context he gained significant experience with high
throuthput sequencing data. In 2012 he moved back to Portugal, where he
joined the Bioinformatics Unit at the IGC to assist the local research
community in handling the sequencing revolution brought about by high
throughput technologies. Within this role he been collaborating in several
projects, ranging from genomics, transcriptomics and epigenetics. He has
become the Head of the Bioinformatics Unit at IGC since 2014.
Affiliation: Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Oeiras, PT

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