A collaborative partnership united by a single vision
The NMDC enables the microbiome research community to decode the molecular underpinnings of fundamental biological processes, and ultimately, drive transformational discoveries.
Advancing microbiome science, together
Founded to support the long-term advancement of microbiome science, the NMDC is building an open-source, agile, integrated data system. Our scientific mission is to provide comprehensive access to multidisciplinary microbiome data and an initial suite of bioinformatic tools for reproducible, cross-study advanced analyses.
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Engaging the research community
The NMDC seeks to connect the microbiome community to new data resources, and each other, in a way that unlocks new possibilities with microbiome data science. We focus on broad and inclusive activities, along with active partnerships, to empower the broader research community to participate in the data curation, discovery, and analysis process. This regular and continuous engagement ensures development aligns and adapts to the current and future needs of the research community.
Forging a foundation on guiding principles
Community-driven and accepted
Continued development to address future needs
Curation and quality control to ensure data adhere to those standards
Standardized, reproducible analytical pipelines across heterogeneous data sets
Discovery based on scientific inquiry
Search using existing data
NMDC Leadership Team
Emiley joined the Joint Genome Institute at Berkeley Lab in 2014 to pursue microbial ecology and metagenomics research. She is Head of the Metagenome Program and leads the Environmental Genomics Group.
In 2017, Nigel became the Director of the Joint Genome Institute at Berkeley Lab after nearly 19 years leading Industry research and development teams. He also leads the Secondary Metabolites Group.
As Chief Scientist for the Distributed Active Archive Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Alison’s projects focus on data publication and management for NASA’s Terrestrial Ecology and Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Programs.
With over 20 years in comparative genomics and high-throughput data analyses, Lee Ann is a senior computational scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Chris is head of Molecular Ecosystems Biology in Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology at Berkeley Lab. His group builds integrated databases, algorithms, and ontologies for various bioscience applications.
Patrick leads teams in Metagenomics Applications, Bioinformatics and Analytics, and Genome Programs in the Biosciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Shane is a Senior Engineer at KBase and Berkeley Lab’s Supercomputing Facility. For over 20 years, he has helped scientists conduct breakthrough science using some of the fastest computers in the world.
Kjiersten is Chief Informatics Officer and Data Science and Informatics Department Head at the Joint Genome Institute, Berkeley Lab. She has over 10 years of experience in scientific computing and experimental data analysis.
Elisha is KBase’s User Engagement Lead at Berkeley Lab. With a decade of experience in microbial ecology and scientific community engagement, she leads several projects aimed at making microbiome data science more efficient.
Stanton leads data management for Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Biosciences Division. He has over 15 years of experience using new technologies to manage data acquisition, curation, and sourcing.
Design NMDC-compliant metadata standards
Leverage existing ontology mapping software and curation resources to enable automated annotation of standardized metadata.
Design and deploy NMDC-compliant data workflows
Develop microbiome workflows for metagenome, metatranscriptome, metaproteome, and metabolomics data processing leveraging HPC systems, and integrate the execution of these pipelines to produce NMDC-compliant data products.
Data facilitation and integration
Develop data registration, indexing, and access services to link data through a suite of publicly available APIs.
NMDC community engagement
Develop communication and sustainability strategies to assess current and future needs and capabilities to empower users, collaborate on web-based interfaces for search functionality, and promote the NMDC to the larger scientific community.
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