Manuel Corpas

Project Leader, ELIXIR-UK Technical Coordinator, CorpasLab, The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC)


Our ability to quickly interpret heterogeneous data sources critically depends on data presentation and visual analytics. This is currently an exciting yet underdeveloped field of research where CorpasLab is uniquely positioned for high impact contributions. Visual Analytics in our lab is inspired by the development of tools that characterise genomes. 


Corpas joined TGAC in February 2012. Since then Corpas has consolidated an international reputation in a number of technology-driven projects and infrastructures. His lab has developed BioJS into the leading open source library for biological web visual analytics, obtained 6 competitively funded projects involving key industrial partners (e.g., Eagle Genomics, eLife and and led the technical coordination of initiatives of global impact such as ELIXIR-UK (part of the ELIXIR pan-European bioinformatics infrastructure) and GOBLET, the Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training. Corpas has also established key partnerships with the ELIXIR-hub, becoming a visiting scientist with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in 2014 for the characterisation of the neglected crop yam. As a postdoctoral researcher, he led parts of the development of the DECIPHER database at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Corpas has a very strong presence in international committees, including the International Society for Computational Biology’s (ISCB) Board of Directors, ISCB’s Junior Principal Investigators and ISCB Africa. He has currently 39 publications (25 first/last/corresponding author). He also is an active blogger with 134 blog posts to date at and ~2K Twitter followers.

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