Webinar: Introducing PerMedCoE Building Blocks and Workflows to streamline biological analysis pipelines

PerMedCoE webinars are open to everyone interested in PerMedCoE tools and activities. The webinars will include a 30-40 minutes presentation and a Q&A section of around 15 minutes. The recording of this webinar will be publicly available on this web page and the PerMedCoE YouTube channel.


Speakers:Jesse Harrison (CSC – IT Center for Science)
Date and time:Thursday 15th December, 14-15 CET
Target groups:Researchers in the life sciences
Life sciences software developers
Anyone interested in PerMedCoE products and developments
Learning outcomes:Describe the concept of building blocks in PerMedCoE
Define how building blocks can be used for workflow planning and execution
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Analysing biological datasets is nearly always a multi-step process involving many interconnected stages. Even so, the lack of transparent approaches to managing complex data analysis pipelines remains a common challenge in the life sciences. Another limiting factor is that completing such pipelines often requires in-depth knowledge of many data analysis tools and programming languages. There is, therefore, a continued need for methodologies that make complex biological data analysis pipelines easier to implement.

This webinar will present some of the main practical ways through which PerMedCoE seeks to make data analysis pipelines more manageable and accessible to researchers. In particular, the webinar will provide an overview of how the project addresses many biological use cases using a single, shared approach in which semi-automated workflows are constructed using purpose-designed building blocks.

About the speakers:

Dr Jesse Harrison is a Senior Data Scientist and Project Manager at CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd, where he currently leads the Horizon EU BioDT project. His other tasks have included R environment design, maintenance and support on CSC computing platforms, bioinformatics tool development, and teaching. Prior to joining CSC in 2019, Jesse held postdoctoral positions in microbial ecology, astrobiology and environmental chemistry at the universities of Helsinki, Turku, Vienna and Edinburgh (2012-2019).