On 21 November, the EMBL Alumni Association (EAA) board held their 22nd meeting at EMBL-EBI in Hinxton, followed by a reception for staff and UK-resident EMBL alumni.
Janet Thornton, EMBL-EBI Director, welcomed the 60 participants to the new South Building – which houses state-of-the-art training facilities and the ELIXIR Hub.
“This was a superb opportunity to meet EMBL-EBI staff, understand more about their mission, achievements and future plans, and to experience the inspiring new South Building,” EAA board Chair Giulio Superti-Furga said in thanks. “This is a truly multidisciplinary approach to deciphering genomic information. We will take this message home to our institutes.”
Janet underlined the value of alumni to EMBL, saying “our alumni are our best possible ambassadors, we encourage you to keep in touch and hope you will help us to celebrate EMBL-EBI’s 20th anniversary on 12th June 2014.” The reception ended with Janet conducting a guided tour of the building and its beautiful spaces including the Kendrew Lecture Theatre, two dedicated training suites and collaboration space for industry and translation.
Rolf Apweiler, Klaudia Walter
Now: Statistical Geneticist, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK
Was: Intern, Swiss-Prot, Apweiler Group, 2000–2001; Research Assistant, Wodak Group, 2001–2002, EMBL-EBI
“EMBL-EBI introduced me to working on big data sets, which I have continued ever since. “I now work on genome-wide associations between more than 50 quantitative traits and whole genome sequences of more than 3500 individuals in the UK10K project. This genotype/phenotype resource will be an order of magnitude deeper than the genetic-only 1000 Genomes Project data set for Europe.
“I work next door to the new South building, so have lived with the building site for just over a year. It’s great to see it finished while catching up with old EMBL-EBI colleagues.”