Andrew is Associate Professor at the Scripps Research Institute in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine (MEM). His research focuses on building and applying bioinformatics infrastructure for biomedical discovery. His research has a particular emphasis on leveraging crowdsourcing for genetics and genomics. Representative projects include the Gene Wiki, BioGPS, MyGene.Info, and Mark2Cure, each of which engages “the crowd” to help organize biomedical knowledge. These resources are collectively used millions of times every month by members of the research community, by students, and by the general public.
Ph.D., Chemistry; The Scripps Research Institute
BA, Chemistry, Computing and Information Systems, and Integrated Science; Northwestern University
Posted by Andrew Su on Aug 2, 2016 in NIH, policy | 0 comments
Several months ago, NIGMS released a RFI on The Need for and Support of Research Resources for the Biomedical Research Community. Our group has quite a bit of experience building information-based research resources (through grants generously awarded by NIGMS). So based on our recent experiences integrating data for inclusion in Wikidata, Ben and I took this opportunity to formulate some...
Posted by Andrew Su on Jun 20, 2016 in application, BioGPS, crowdsourcing, funding | 7 comments
2016.06.28 update- We need letters of support submitted by Friday, July 1st…please help! In the last two months, we focused on encouraging the user community to add and review more plugins. Since its humble beginnings, BioGPS has been a product of an amazing community of users–users who have extended its functionality with plugins, and aided its development with their letters of...
Posted by Andrew Su on May 30, 2016 in visualization | 0 comments
I was curious enough to play with D3 (with my own hands! — rare occurrence these days), so I took on a side project to visualize some academic genealogy data from academictree.org. My workflow so far went basically like this: Request the data: Huge thank you to Stephen David at academictree.org for providing a CSV dump. Pick a visualization from the D3 gallery: I settled on a Radial...
Posted by Andrew Su on Jul 14, 2015 in bioinformatics, ISCB | 1 comment
Dear President Valencia, and ISCB Officers and Directors, The ISCB plays a critical role in our field, and I applaud the tireless efforts of the officers and directors. In the spirit of wanting to support the ISCB in shaping the future of bioinformatics, I want to share with you my deep concern over this picture: Of course and without doubt, each and every Fellow is deserving of their...
Posted by Andrew Su on Apr 15, 2015 in BioGPS, citizen science, Gene Wiki, jobs, mark2cure, open participation science, open science, recruiting | 0 comments
If you follow our lab at all you’ve probably noticed some themes emerging in how we approach bioinformatics and biomedical research. To enumerate a few of those themes, we believe in: Open source: We have benefited from the long tradition of open source software in bioinformatics, and we in turn release code through our lab’s open source repositories. We have a particular emphasis on...