Associate Director and Principal Investigator, University of Oxford e-Research Centre, UK
Data Consultant, Nature Publishing Group, Scientific Data
Roles in RDA:
Susanna-Assunta Sansone is Associate Director and Principal Investigator at the University of Oxford e-Research Centre and a Consultant at Nature Publishing Group (NPG). For the last thirteen years, her research interests and activities have centered on the capture, management and curation of biological, biomedical and health sciences data; ensuring value is not lost and facilitating the interpretation and the corroboration of results, making for more efficient practice.
She holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from Imperial College, London, UK. After spending few years in privately-held vaccine company as a senior scientist, she moved to the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), in Cambridge, UK, where for nine years she led a team of curators and developers, coordinating several international data management projects. With her team in Oxford, she continues to research and develop methods and software for curating and managing data with and for a variety of academic and industrial communities. Partner in several EU and pharma funded projects (e.g. IMI eTRIKS
), she is Executive Committee member of the NIH BD2K Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR
) and the NIH BD2K Biomedical healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Engine (BioCADDIE
Susanna-Assunta is also a consultant at NPG, providing expertise and advice open access data publication products. She is the Honorary Academic Editor of Scientific Data
, the new NPG open access data publication platform; her role is to foster relationships with the research and technical communities, help defining standards for data representation, publication and reuse.
She is also work with funding agencies and pre-competitive informatics initiatives to develop and promote uptake of community-developed standards, such as minimum reporting requirements, ontology/terminologies and exchange formats (e.g. doi: 10.1038/ng.1054 and doi: 10.1016/j.drudis.2011.09.013). She has extensive experience in service on non-profit Boards of several standardization and advocacy initiatives, including BioSharing, the Genomic Standards Consortium, iCommons and Data Dryad, Research Data Alliance (Technical Advisory Board) and ELIXIR UK Node (Standards and Curation area lead)