In January 2017, Sandra Orchard, Molecular Interactions Team Leader, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) based at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus at Hinxton in Cambridge was pleased to welcome Deputy Director EMBL-ABR, Vicky Schneider, who will be based with them while she works on building relationships across our two enterprises.
Sandra said, “I’m thrilled to welcoming an old colleague from the protein-protein interaction domain. I worked with Vicky when she was involved with the MINT database and it is great to host her with my team at EMBL-EBI. We will be particularly exploring with EMBL-ABR a specific project that will be useful for making the most of the data and insights generated through the Australian Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens project. The added value gained through having curated information at the interactome level will become tangible as the project data analysis progresses.”
“Our aim is to work together to move towards full coverage of the interactome of the model organism E.Coli K17 in the IntAct interaction database and also a catalogue of the protein complexes present in this bacteria in the Complex Portal with a view to using these to map interologs (interacting homologs) in pathogenic microorganisms of interest to the Australian community,” she explained.
Vicky was equally enthusiastic: “A project such as this represents exactly what I am trying to make happen for my Australian colleagues. To add value to data being generated in Australia by ensuring it is properly curated and maintained, while at the same time demonstrating how this presents a better option than trying to keep them in local, often resource-poor repositories.”
Sandra Orchard joined the Faculty of the EMBL-ABR Best Practice workshops held in October 2016. She was also interviewed last year as part of our Interview Series (read her interview here). She is particularly focussed on training in how to make the most of bioinformatics resources for studying networks, pathways, interactions and complexes. She is also a member and Treasurer of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Biocuration and chairs the Molecular Interaction work-group of the HUPO Proteomics Standards Initiative.