The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) and the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) are pleased to announce that Dr Vicky Schneider-Gricar, EMBL-EBI Training Coordinator, will join TGAC’s Senior Management Team as Head of Training and Outreach on 1 March 2013.
“Vicky has achieved an incredible amount in her time at EMBL-EBI, and I am confident that she will contribute substantially to the training efforts at TGAC,” says Cath Brooksbank, Head of User Training at EMBL-EBI.
“TGAC has a wealth of collaborative opportunities within the Norwich Research Park, with BBSRC centres and other national and international institutes and universities,” says Dr Schneider-Gricar. “TGAC has a unique training and outreach platform that is well positioned to grow, and I am very excited about joining the team.”
Dr Mario Caccamo, Deputy Director of TGAC, says: “Vicky will bring a wealth of knowledge from her role at EMBL-EBI. Our Training and Outreach Team, headed by Vicky, will embrace several activities spanning from fellowship programmes, courses and workshops, visitors programmes and public engagement. We are keen to stress that the programme will be a collaborative effort building on existing strengths and valuable on-going collaborations.”
“We want to listen to people’s experiences and learn more about their training needs,” adds Vicky. “Listening will help our new team adopt the right mix of novel approaches. I am looking forward to bringing my own experiences to the table, and welcome input from anyone with an idea falling under the umbrella of Training and Outreach.”
Professor Jane Rogers, Director of TGAC, comments: “TGAC’s vision is to encourage excellence in genomics and computational bioscience, and Vicky’s appointment will enable TGAC to deliver excellent scientific training and outreach programmes to international audiences.”
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The Genome Analysis Centre is a vibrant, contemporary research institute and registered charity (Charity No. 1136213) working in an area of rapid technological development and innovation.
TGAC is strategically funded by The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to lead the development of a skill base in bioinformatics and a genomics technology platform for UK bioscience. TGAC was set up in 2009 with capital and revenue funding from BBSRC in collaboration with Norfolk County Council, Norwich City Council, South Norfolk Council and the Greater Norwich Development Partnership and are TGAC’s Patrons. TGAC has now secured funding from BBSRC for the next 3 years of over £19 Million with indicated level going into 2017.
The Institute is located on the Norwich Research Park, together with its partners: the John Innes Centre, the Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory, the University of East Anglia and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. The research park has an excellent reputation for research in plant and microbial sciences, interdisciplinary environmental science and food, diet and health, to which TGAC contributes strengths in genomics and bioinformatics.
TGAC is a UK hub for innovative Bioinformatics through research, analysis and interpretation of multiple, complex data sets. It hosts one of the largest computing hardware facilities dedicated to life science research in Europe. This has been boosted recently by an e-Infrastructure grant to expand the data storage capacity to a multi-petabyte unit, deploying a high performance cluster and large-memory server enabling the allocation of processes requiring several terabytes of computing memory.
TGAC’s state of the art DNA sequencing facility operates multiple complementary technologies for data generation that provide the foundation for analyses furthering our fundamental understanding of genomes and how they function. We aim to be at the forefront of technological advances and are developing and implementing technologies to generate and analyse new types of data. We also develop novel platforms to provide access to computational tools and processing capacity for multiple academic and industrial users and promoting applications of computational bioscience.
TGAC has one fully owned subsidiary, Genome Enterprise Ltd (GEL) via which it offers genomic and bioinformatics services on a trading basis and works with commercial providers on a partnership basis. TGAC also receives specific funding to enable knowledge exchange programmes which are supported across the institute teams.
About EBI – EMBL
The EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI) is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and is located on the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton near Cambridge, UK. The EBI grew out of EMBL's pioneering work in providing public biological databases to the research community. It hosts some of the world’s most important collections of biological data, including DNA sequences (ENA),protein sequences (UniProt), the genomes of animals and plants, three-dimensional molecular structures, data from gene expression experiments, protein-protein interactions and reactions and pathways. EMBl-EBI's many research groups are continually developing new tools to support the biocomputing community. EMBL-EBI provides essential compute infrastructure for the ENCODE project and coordinates ELIXIR, the emerging research infrastructure for life science data in Europe. www.ebi.ac.uk