Basser Seminar Series

The Microsoft Biology Foundation, an Open Source Framework for Bioinformatics

Speaker: Dr Simon Mercer
Director of Health & Wellbeing, Microsoft Research

Time: Friday 3 December 2010, 4:00-5:00pm
Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm

Location: The University of Sydney, School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre (Room 123), Level 1

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Abstract

Microsoft researchers frequently apply their computer science research to scientific challenges in other domains. This has led to a range of academic collaborations and the creation of an array of freely-available open source tools of use to scientific research.One such example is the Microsoft Biology Foundation (MBF), an open source library of basic bioinformatics functionality in use within Microsoft Research and freely available to the wider commercial and academic community. This seminar will describe MBF and other tools, the motivation behind their creation and how they can be used.

Speaker's biography

Dr. Mercer has a Ph.D. in evolutionary cytogenetics from Oxford University, and has worked in various aspects of bioinformatics for the past fifteen years in posts at the Max-Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin, the Sanger Institute in Cambridge and the National Research Council of Canada before moving to Microsoft Research in 2005. His interests include genomics, next-generation DNA sequencing and biological databases.