Inanc Birol – Laureate of the 2015 SIB Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award
Inanc Birol is a Distinguished Scientist at the British Columbia Cancer Agency at the Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) and Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Together with his group, Inanc received the SIB Bioinformatics Resource Innovation Award for the resource “ABySS, Assembly By Short Sequences - a de novo, parallel, paired-end sequence assembler”.
In his lab, Inanc studies the genomes and transcriptomes of different model species and human and develops bioinformatics tools for de novo sequence assembly and mapping, data analysis and visualization. To learn more about the different research projects, visit the group’s webpage and follow @InancBirol on Twitter.
Any words for the future generation of bioinformaticians?
This is a young and growing field, with much yet to do. Without your help, those As, Cs, Gs, and Ts will be just letters following one another. The first generation of bioinformaticians were trying to sort their order, and figure out how they align. As a member of the next generation, you have the exciting task of bestowing meaning to those letters. (And, don't let them tell you the name "next generation" is taken!)