Florence Nightingale Lecture 2016

We are pleased to announce that Professor Dame Janet Thornton will be delivering the 2016 Florence Nightingale lecture on 21st April. Professor Dame Janet Thornton was Director of EMBL-EBI from October 2001 to June 2015, and played a key role in ELIXIR, the pan-European infrastructure for biological data, since its inception. Her research group focuses on understanding protein structure, function and evolution using computational approaches. After a Physics degree she completed her PhD at the UK NIMR before post-doctoral studies at Oxford. She then held a joint appointment at University College London and the Bernal Chair in the Crystallography Department at Birkbeck College. Professor Thornton is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, a member of EMBO and a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences.

Bioinformatics at the heart of biology and genomic medicine

Professor Dame Janet M Thornton

European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
Bioinformatics has changed radically in the last 20 years. When I joined EBI in 2001 the first human genome was just being completed. EBI databases included nucleotide and protein sequences and structures, the beginnings of expression data on arrays and little else. We have seen a massive growth in data, the number of different data types, the emergence of sophisticated data analytics and the pervasiveness of computational biology as a critical component for handling and interpreting these data. For the first time In this talk I will present three small scientific vignettes, drawing on my experiences as Director at EMBl-EBI and research in my own group. 
* Data resources at EBI: today and tomorrow
* Characterising enzyme function and its evolution
* Genomic sequencing in medicine: protein structures, variants and infrastructure
I will aim to highlight the changes that have happened, the way it has influenced biological research and the way it will influence genomic medicine.

Date: 21st April 2016

Time: 3.30pm

Location: Department of Statistics, Oxford, OX1 3LB

BookingBooking to attend the lecture is essential. Please book your place by 14th April.

Contact us: Please direct queries to fnlecture@stats.ox.ac.uk