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Archive Infrastructure and Technology

Technical Team Leader, Archival Infrastructure and Technology



Tony Burdett leads the Archival Infrastructure and Technology team, which develops services and provides technology to support the activities of EMBL-EBI’s molecular archives, including data submission, storage, validation, coordination and presentation. 

Tony joined EMBL-EBI in 2005 and has personally built and led development teams for many resources such as the GWAS Catalog, ArrayExpress, the Expression Atlas and BioSamples. His team now develops the ingestion service for the Human Cell Atlas Data Coordination Platform, the infrastructure behind the European Nucleotide Archive, and the BioSamples database.

Tony has a biological and medical background, having spent some time at medical school before graduating with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and a MRes in Bioinformatics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has a special interest in developing federated, cloud-based data platforms and has many years of experience in developing semantically-rich RESTful APIs for the submission and distribution of life sciences data. He takes pride in his ability to marry profoundly complex biological problems with the very latest development techniques to create highly accomplished, open source, reusable software and services.


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