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Paul Kersey,
European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Paul Kersey has worked at the European Bioinformatics Institute since 199 and has been leading since 2009 the Ensembl Genomes project. His team is involved in the collaborative development of community-focused bioinformatics resources.
He is the coordinator of transPLANT.

Adventures in Cereal Genomics, Wednesday October 14, 2015, at 9:15
In this talk, he will discuss the challenges in data management presented by large cereal genomes, demonstrate some solutions and explore what can be learnt through their large-scale comparative analysis.
For further details see Paul Kersey Talk page.

Emek Demir,
Sloan Kettering Institute, New York, USA

Emek Demir has a MS in Molecular Biology and Genetics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He is working at the Computational Biology Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA, as Manager of the Pathway Information Resource.

Building Cell Maps, Wednesday October 14, 2015, at 12:30
Pathway Commons project aims to create a common language and platform for building cell maps – system level, integrated models of cellular processes. In this talk, four applications of cell maps will first be presented. Emek Demir will then focus on using qualitative large scale models to inform executable models or statistical inferences.

For further details see Emek Demir Talk page.

Christophe Blanchet,
French Institute of Bioinformatics, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

Christophe Blanchet, PhD in Bioinformatics/Biochemistry, is a member of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), working at the French Institute of Bioinformatics (IFB).
He is involved with distributed computing for life sciences since 2001. From 2004 to 2010, he was member of the European EGEE Grid infrastructure, chairing the Bioinformatics Applications Activity (NA4-Bioinformatics). From 2005 to 2010, he took an active role in the Bioinformatics Network of Excellence EMBRACE (European Model for Bioinformatics Research and Community Education, EU-FP6). In the StratusLab project he defined requirements and evaluated developments of bioinformatics use cases in the cloud.
Christophe Blanchet is now leading the e-infrastructure team of the IFB.

Bioinformatics Cloud Services for Life Sciences, Thursday October 15, 2015, at 9:15
Many research infrastructures, producing huge quantities of data to be analyzed, are now available. These data require large-size public reference databases and many software tools for their analysis. In the same way, the interfaces to be built cover the whole spectrum from the command line to the web portal. The French Institute of Bioinformatics (IFB) aims to provide scientists with bioinformatics services relying on the required computing and storage capacities, while providing a user-friendly solution. A selection of bioinformatics software and pipelines have been integrated as turnkey cloud services, now available to scientists.

For further details see Christophe Blanchet Talk page.

Alexander Goesmann,
Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Alexander Goesmann is professor of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen since 2013. He got a Diploma in Informatics and a PhD at the Faculty of Technology, University of Bielefeld, where he was also Post-doc fellow until 2006. From 2006 to 2013, he was Head of Bioinformatics Resource Facility (BRF) and Team leader of Young Research Group “Computational Genomics”, University of Bielefeld.

de.NBI – The German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure, Wednesday October 14, 2015, at 14:00
In his talk, Alexander Goesmann will introduce the German Network for Bioinformatics Infrastructure (de.NBI) and illustrate the research topics of the eight funded service centers.
As an example, he will present the BiGi Bioinformatics Resource Center that combines bioinformatics expertise and facilities at Bielefeld and Gießen Universities as required in the field of microbial genome research.

For further details see Alexander Goesmann Talk page.

Artemis Hatzigeorgiou,
DIANA-Lab, Hellenic Pasteur Institute / Department of Computer & Communication Engineering, University of Thessaly, Greece

Artemis Hatzigeorgiou is Principal Investigator at the B.S.R.C. “Alexander Fleming” and adjunct assistant Professor at the Department of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
She received an MS in Computer Science from the University of Stuttgart and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Jena in 2001. In the same year, she joined the University of Pennsylvania as assistant professor of bioinformatics. In 2007, she joined as Principal Investigator the Institute of Molecular Oncology at the B.S.R.C. “Alexander Fleming”. In 2003, she received the “Early Carrier Award” from NSF.
In 2003, she developed DIANA-microT, one of the first published microRNA target prediction programs. She has published in top tier journals and has served as a panelist for NSF and NIH. She is co-founder of Synaptic, Ltd.

Characterising miRNA promoters and miRNA targets, Friday October 16, 2015, at 9:15

For further details see Artemis Hatzigeorgiou Talk page.

Rafael Jimenez,
ELIXIR Chief Technical Officer – ELIXIR directorate, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Rafael C. Jimenez is ELIXIR Chief Technical Officer. He is a biologist and a computer scientist specialised in the development and management of Bioinformatics services. For the last 7 years, he worked as technical lead of the Proteomics Services Team at EBI and as technical coordinator of ELIXIR.

Implementation of the European life-science infrastructure for biological information, Friday October 16, 2015, at 12:00
In 2015, ELIXIR moves into its Service Deployment Phase. In this talk, Rafael Jimenez will explain how ELIXIR will start to implement this part of the programme and how important it is for ELIXIR to collaborate with communities and other research infrastructures.
For further details see Rafael Jimenez Talk page.

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