Helen E Parkinson
Dr Helen Parkinson head of Molecular Archival Resources at EMBL-EBI and leads the Samples, Phenotypes and Ontologies team, delivering databases, data integration tools and ontologies for biomedicine. She is also Interim Team Leader for the Variation Archive team. Trained as a geneticist, Helen's research focused on Drosophila biology, behaviour, molecular biology and medical genetics. Helen's passion is semantic data integration and providing users with useful data. Her team participates extensively in external collaborations ranging from data analysis and generation projects to infrastructural integration projects such as the ELIXIR initiatives BioMedBridges, CORBEL and EXELERATE. In collaboration with partners in the KOMP2 project and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium, Helen's SPOT team manages, analyses, and distributes complex phenotypic data from knockout mouse lines and promotes mouse data integration internationally.They also develop open-source software tools for managing data, developing and integrating ontologies and data, and integrating semantic web technologies.
Prior to joining EMBL-EBI in 2000, Helen was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Leicester, where she worked on the genetic basis of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, Hyphophatasia and synteny at human chromosomes 7 and 12. Her PhD thesis examined the temperature compensation of circadian rhythms in Drosophila with Professor Bambos Kyriacou.