Project Description

Mr Gabriel Foley

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
The University of Queensland

The benefits of collaboration for bioinformatic tool development

Data science and machine learning for bioinformatics

Tuesday 3 July 2018

Gabriel Foley completed a Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours Class I) in Bioinformatics and Innovation Management at The University of Queensland in 2015. He is now a third-year PhD Candidate supervised by A/Prof. Mikael Bodén and Prof. Elizabeth Gillam at UQ. His interests are in sequence alignment and ancestral sequence reconstruction of very large and diverse protein families. His PhD has seen the development of several bioinformatic tools designed to be used by protein engineers to facilitate the exploration of evolutionary histories.

Bioinformatics is a multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative field and bioinformatic tool development should reflect this. In this talk, I explore the process of developing several phylogenetic and evolutionary analysis tools to highlight the benefits and potential pitfalls of collaborative development. There is a particular focus on the need to address user’s actual desires, the need to develop intuitive user interfaces, and the benefits for bioinformatic research in making it more accessible and robust.