Curiosity, virology and working together when we have to work apart

When asked if today’s global pandemic is the kind of situation that motivated him to become a virologist, William James replied, “I wish I could say I’d been that starry eyed, but it was really just curiosity that got me started.” James’s virology lab at University of Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology has … Continue reading Curiosity, virology and working together when we have to work apart

Doctor Who as data: fandom as a coping mechanism

Time lord, jack-of-all-trades and extra-terrestrial - Doctor Who is an undeniable piece of British pop culture. The show's main character, the Doctor, offers a heroism and never-ending arc that have been winning viewers over since 1963. Hannah Gunderman, Cultural Geographer and Research Data Management Consultant at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, studies the show. Her research … Continue reading Doctor Who as data: fandom as a coping mechanism

Bioinformatics: juggling big data, complex file types and multiple projects

Genomics data sets are highly sophisticated and multi-layered. Now, possibly more than ever before, we need those data sets to be publicly available, reproducible and transparent. It's not an easy task but researchers around the globe are finding a way to make it happen... Eva Chan, bioinformatician at Garvan Institute of Medical Research is an … Continue reading Bioinformatics: juggling big data, complex file types and multiple projects