QCIF has hired a full-time bioinformatician and software developer based at USC to assist the university’s researchers and to support QCIF’s involvement in national software platforms.
Dr Cameron Hyde will work closely with USC researchers to help them develop custom web portals to make research data available online.
Last year, Cameron created the interactive CrustyBase portal for crustacean gene expression data as part of his PhD in Bioinformatics Software at USC. He also began working with USC researchers as a freelancer building software solutions and providing bioinformatics support.
“Cameron brings the rare combination of bioinformatics and software development skills,” said QCIF’s Head of Data Services, John Leitch. “This will be invaluable in providing advisory and development support to all our members.”
In his new QCIF role, Cameron will also assist QCIF’s Bioinformatics team with its advisory service related to bioinformatics, biostatistics and biodata for researchers and HDR students from QCIF Member institutions, including USC.
Cameron’s skills, including Python coding and the use of QRIScloud, QCIF’s cloud computer, will also be put to good use at USC Hacky Hour, which will be up and running soon. Hacky Hour is an informal, regular meetup in which experts help researchers with their research-related technology issues, such as coding, advanced computing and data storage. QCIF staff are currently involved in Hacky Hours at UQ, USQ, QUT, Griffith, CQU and JCU.
Lastly, Cameron will help QCIF and its collaborators to deploy national software platforms, such as the Australian BioCommons’ Galaxy and Apollo services.
“I look forward to working in a team with diverse skills while contributing to community software projects,” said Cameron.
“My mission is to discover, design and draw modern computing resources to researchers’ attention, allowing them to focus on discoveries of their own.”
Cameron is QCIF’s second hire for USC since the university became a full QCIF Member earlier this year. QCIF’s first hire for USC was eResearch Analyst Dr Delaney Burnard.
USC researchers requiring software development support may contact Cameron directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. Those seeking bioinformatics advice are best to submit an enquiry via our Members Advice Request form.