I joined The Jackson Laboratory's Computational Sciences Department to become the Deployment Lead in the Lab’s involvement in the NCI Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid® (caBIG®) initiative and stayed on as a member of the Stats and Analysis group. My background in protein and genomic databases and conceptual representations of life sciences research has enabled me to contribute to the clinical and the PDX programs. I continue to gain experience in analysis of next generation sequencing, calling on my history of bench research in cancer, pharmacology, and transcriptional regulation. I have experienced the roller coaster ride of small start up companies and welcome the opportunity to be part of the JAX community. On any given day, I may spend time wrangling data for PIs or collaborators, launching a DNA-seq analysis, tracking down data for a potential PDX customer and checking out a new analysis tool or online database.
The high-throughput genomics communities have been successfully using standardized spreadsheet-based formats to capture and share data within labs and among public repositories. The nanomedicine community has yet to adopt similar standards to share the diverse and multi-dimensional types of data (including metadata) pertaining to the description and characterization of nanomaterials. Owing to the lack of standardization in representing and sharing nanomaterial data, most of the data currently shared via publications and data resources are incomplete, poorly-integrated, and not suitable for meaningful interpretation and re-use of the data. Specifically, in its current state, data cannot be effectively utilized for the development of predictive models that will inform the rational design of nanomaterials.