Dr Rocca-Serra trains graduate students & early-stage researchers in ISA documents/programming

Dr Rocca-Serra trains graduate students & early-stage researchers in ISA documents/programming

Senior Research Lecturer Dr Philippe Rocca-Serra presented recently at CloudMET 2017, a Summer School in Sardinia focused on Metabolomics and cloud computing technologies.

Graduate students and early-stage researchers in metabolomics and bioinformatics had the opportunity to learn about current topics in metabolomics, with a slant on integration of cloud computing technologies where they are beneficial to the effectiveness and efficiency of research and analysis work.

The CloudMETSchool, which was fully booked, also included practical sessions for students to put their new knowledge into practice under the guidance of tutors and run analyses using the new PhenoMeNal cloud-based metabolomics platform.

Metabolomics is a well-established -omics science whose growth is bringing about new challenges. Systematic studies and integration with other data sources are resulting in ever larger dataset sizes; production applications require superior computational scalability of analysis techniques; complex, multi-step workflows make study reproducibility more challenging. At the same time, cloud computing technologies are extending their functionality and provide practical solutions for many of these problems.

Dr Rocca-Serra, who is the Centre's technical coordinator of the ISA metadata tracking framework project, taught on ISA documents and programming as part of the Summer School programme.

Participants also learnt tools and techniques to solve computational metabolomics problems, how to share results and data with the research community, reproducibility and sharing of analyses and results; and using the cloud to tackle bigger experiments.