Biomed Data at Work

by Eugene Kolker, Ph.D.
Chief Data Officer, Seattle Children's;
Head, Bioinformatics & High-throughput Analysis Lab,

Seattle Children’s Research Institute;

Departments of Pediatrics and Biomedical Informatics & Medical Education, University of Washington;

Editor-in-Chief, OMICS A Journal of Integrative Biology

Co-Founder and Chair, Executive Committee of DELSA, Data-Enabled Life Sciences Alliance International    



Access to high-quality data drives our ability to ask questions and find answers. Our lab has a number of projects based on this premise. We have built MOPED, a human and model organisms' protein expression database, to provide a comprehensive summary of publicly available proteomics data. With MOPED, users can browse, sort, query, visualize, and compare their own data against existing studies. Along with access to data comes the need for high-quality analysis of data. We have built SPIRE, a web-based freely available proteomics analysis pipeline to support and expand researchers' capabilities as they move from data to knowledge. To further leverage these data resources, the life sciences community has enhanced its collaborations across diverse domains and strengthened its alliance with computer and data experts. The Data-Enabled Life Sciences Alliance International (DELSA) was founded to become the leading voice and coordinating framework to accelerate data-enabled life sciences research. Finally, the team is also working on improving the management and effectiveness of healthcare organizations by mining their extensive data resources.
Dr. Eugene Kolker is Chief Data Officer at the Seattle Children''s Hospital and Head of the Bioinformatics & High-throughput Analysis Laboratory and Director of the High-throughput Analysis Core at Seattle Children''s Research Institute. Eugene co-founded OMICS A Journal of Integrative Biology and serves as its Editor-in-Chief. He is also affiliated with the Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Department of Medical Education and Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, at the University of Washington. Some of his other current activities include: Vice-President and Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Genomic Standards Consortium; Member of the Human Proteome Organization''s New Technologies and Resources Committee; Member of NIDDK''s External Advisory Board for the NURSA Consortium; Member of IBM''s Health Care and Life Sciences Advisory Council; and Co-Chair of Health Information Technology Resource Center of Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative.