New Pipeline Group (NPG)

DNA Pipelines Informatics

NPG is responsible for DNA Pipelines's production informatics analysis pipelines, Illumina sequencing QC tools and expertise, and internal archiving of data products.

The NPG team liaise with production teams and faculty informatics (the customer element directly using the product) to learn of desired features for processing and common best practices. Senior DNA Pipelines management pass to NPG expected changes in the nature of the product and demand e.g. new instruments, new instrument types and new projects with expected throughput and processing requirements.

From these, small requirements are considered and typically a solution proposed, provided and reviewed by a subset of the NPG team. Larger requirements are dealt with as projects. When appropriate we’ll contact Wellcome Sanger Institute Systems asking for advice, review, new services or enhancements.

NPG reviews continuously its systems with an eye to product trends and implements long rolling projects to accommodate them. e.g. adoption of BAM format based analysis pipelines (addressing provenance records in a multiple path analysis suite, and reducing IO) and increased data streaming between analysis tools (to reduce IO requirements, avoid the need for a high performance file-system, allow for an easily scalable system).

The NPG team has to maintain informatics, Illumina sequencing, and genotyping knowledge sufficient to anticipate and understand DNA Pipelines customer requirements so that requests can be anticipated, evaluated and rejected or implemented appropriately.

Core team

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Dr Irina Abnizova

Senior Computer Biologist

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Mr Sendu Bala

Senior Software Developer

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Jillian Durham

Senior Bioinformatician

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Jennifer Liddle

Senior Software Developer

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Carol Scott

Principal Bioinformatician

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Dr Jaime M. Tovar Corona

Senior Software Developer

Previous team members

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Dr Iain Bancarz

Senior Software Developer

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Ruben Eduardo Bautista Garcia

Senior Bioinformatician

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Illumina provides the main technology for sequencing and array services provided by DNA Pipelines.