Gary Van Domselaar

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I am a founding member and Associate Director of The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc. Bioinformatics.Org was founded to facilitate world-wide communications and collaborations between practicing and neophyte bioinformatic scientists and technicians. The Organization provides these individuals, as well as the public at large, free and open access to materials and methods for and from scientific research, software development, and education. We advocate and promote freedom and openness in the field as well as provide a forum for activities which facilitate the development of such resources. Bioinformatics.Org was established in 1998 by J.W. Bizzaro as a place to host collaborations in bioinformatics. I joined as a cofounder in early 1999 . In 2000, the Organization had more than 100 members and over one dozen projects. The Organization became incorporated in 2003 and currently has more than 26,000 members and over 400 projects. Bioinformatics.Org is one of the largest affiliations in the field of bioinformatics, and the number of resources that we offer is on-par with that offered by NCBI and EBI. However, we distinguish ourselves with our open membership and project hosting: anyone, anywhere can participate. Bioinformatics.Org is also well-known for its emphasis on open access to biological information as well as on Free and Open Source software.


The National Microbiology Lab

I am currently the head of Bioinformatics at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory. My principal expertise is in microbial (viral and bacterial) bioinformatics. My group is actively involved in a wide range of genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic research and technology projects. My current work focuses on the development of systems and software for viral and bacterial sequence assembly, sequence finishing, and taxonomic classification. Other activities include metagenomics, bacterial sequence annotation and analysis, pathogen identification, comparative genomics, proteome bioinformatics, and pathogenomics.

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Alberta

I am an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in Canada. I lecture on bioinformatics to students in various disciplines at the UofM, and serve on the UofM bioinformatics curriculum development committee. I also teach modules in proteomics and genomics at the National Bioinformatics Node of South Africa. I am a former lecturer at the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops series in bioinformatics, proteomics, and genomics.


I received my PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2003 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. I worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics in Computing Science, also at the University of Alberta, from 2003 until 2005.

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