About OH Blog

Welcome to the OpenHelix Blog. The OH Blog authors are Trey, Mary and Jennifer (see more about us below).

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Here on the OpenHelix blog you will find a genomics resources news portal with daily postings about genomics resources, genomics news and research, science and more. Our goal is to keep you, the researcher, informed about the overwhelming amount of genomics data out there and how to access it through the tools, databases and resources that are publicly available to you.

In addition to our daily posts, we have a series of weekly offerings:

Tip of the Week: Every Wednesday we’ll post a ‘tip of the week.’ This will be a short video (1-4 minutes) outlining some tip on how to use a database to find something you need, or some feature that you might not have noticed before, or introducing a new resource we found.

What’s Your Problem?” open threads: Every week on Thursdays, we’ll have an open thread post. Here you can ask, in the comments, questions about what database might have the data you need, how to find specific types of information from a resource, and more. We’ll try to answer it, or find the best avenue to help you find the answer.

“Guest Post”: We will soon institute a weekly guest post about a pertinent subject. Our guest posters will be people directly involved in developing and maintaining resources or genomics research. We hope to have a great line up of guest posts for your enlightenment!

So, please, visit our blog often, comment, participate and give us feedback. We know you’ll learn some great things that will help you in your research.

This blog is sponsored by OpenHelix, a company dedicated to helping researchers find and use the genomics data they need. OpenHelix has an offering of freely available tutorials and suites of training materials for several resources and many tutorial suites on dozens of additional resources at a low subscription price. OpenHelix will soon also have a publicly available genomics resource search portal.

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Trey (aka Warren):
Prior to joining OpenHelix, Dr. Lathe was a bioinformatics researcher for nearly 4 years at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in the Bork group. His research topics ranged from the evolution of retrotransposons and bacterial gene order to mapping Human SNPs to 3D protein structures. Dr. Lathe has also had extensive lecturing experience at several colleges and universities including the University of Rochester, City College of San Francisco and University of Heidelberg. Dr. Lathe holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in Molecular and Evolutionary Biology and completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Zoology and Art History. Trey has also been blogging (personal and group blogs) for over 6 years.

Dr. Mangan has broad experience in the field of bioinformatics. Most recently, she successfully founded and operated Biological Software Testing Services, Inc. This company provided software testing from a biological scientist’s perspective for the bioinformatics industry. Prior to that, Dr. Mangan was an Application Scientist and Scientific and Technical Liaison for Incyte Genomics and Proteome, Inc. Additional experience in bioinformatics tools and training was obtained with AstraZeneca. Dr. Mangan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, and performed post-doctoral research with The Jackson Laboratory Mouse Genome Informatics group.

Dr. Williams has been in the bioinformatics field since 2000, first working as part of Proteome’s “MOD squad” of Model Organism Database editors and curators. She then worked as a curator for Stanford’s Saccharomyces Genome Database (SGD), and is now working to train scientists on bioinformatics resources for OpenHelix. She has been training people for even longer than she has been in the bioinformatics field, and has taught everything from “problem solving” to third graders, math to disabled students at The Ohio State University, Pathophysiology at Stark State College, and several courses (basic through graduate) at the University of Kentucky. She studied acquired drug-resistance in an AIDs-related pathogen for her Ph.D. and cell cycle regulation as a post-doc, both at the University of Kentucky.

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