Keeping our commitment to update and strengthen our skills on Omics data analyses, our Bioinformatics Research Officer, Dr Elton Vasconcelos, has recently attended a Proteomics Bioinformatics Course provided by EMBL-EBI jointly with the Wellcome Genome Campus Advanced Courses at Hinxton, UK. The course included a mix of both theoretical lectures and practical sessions aimed at hands-on training in the basics of mass spectrometry and proteomics bioinformatics, search engines and post-processing software, quantitative approaches, MS data repositories, the use of public databases for protein analysis, annotation of subsequent protein lists and incorporation of information from molecular interaction and pathway databases.
Dr Vasconcelos has identified proteomics as one of the key omics approaches that he wants to develop further expertise in. He hugely benefitted from attending the EBML-EBI course, improving his understanding of the data, as well as how to better perform analyses using cutting-edge tools. He has already started collaborating on proteomics data analysis efforts for different projects in both Dr Julie Aspden and Dr Niamh Forde research groups. His background in molecular biology/biochemistry and bioinformatics definitely helps him making the most of this new skill acquisition, enabling him to enhance a niche skill set within LeedsOmics.