ASK THE EXPERT : Trends in Bioinformatics
Joel Dudley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Director of Biomedical Informatics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, talks to contributing editor Tanuja Koppal, Ph.D. about the current changes impacting bioinformatics. While data generation gets simpler and less expensive, data search and interpretation remain a formidable challenge. Lack of standardization in data nomenclature and analysis tools continues to spur innovation in the creation of custom software programs and services. Since there exists no easy, one-stop shop for data management, Dudley advises lab managers to leverage their core facilities for bioinformatics, to look out for emerging software companies, and to get creative with informatics tools when tackling complex integrative biology.
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