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Women in the European Virus Bioinformatics Center

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Title:Women in the European Virus Bioinformatics Center
Creators Name:Hufsky, F. and Abecasis, A. and Agudelo-Romero, P. and Bletsa, M. and Brown, K. and Claus, C. and Deinhardt-Emmer, S. and Deng, L. and Friedel, C.C. and Gismondi, M.I. and Kostaki, E.G. and Kühnert, D. and Kulkarni-Kale, U. and Metzner, K.J. and Meyer, I.M. and Miozzi, L. and Nishimura, L. and Paraskevopoulou, S. and Pérez-Cataluña, A. and Rahlff, J. and Thomson, E. and Tumescheit, C. and van der Hoek, L. and Van Espen, L. and Vandamme, A.M. and Zaheri, M. and Zuckerman, N. and Marz, M.
Abstract:Viruses are the cause of a considerable burden to human, animal and plant health, while on the other hand playing an important role in regulating entire ecosystems. The power of new sequencing technologies combined with new tools for processing “Big Data” offers unprecedented opportunities to answer fundamental questions in virology. Virologists have an urgent need for virus-specific bioinformatics tools. These developments have led to the formation of the European Virus Bioinformatics Center, a network of experts in virology and bioinformatics who are joining forces to enable extensive exchange and collaboration between these research areas. The EVBC strives to provide talented researchers with a supportive environment free of gender bias, but the gender gap in science, especially in math-intensive fields such as computer science, persists. To bring more talented women into research and keep them there, we need to highlight role models to spark their interest, and we need to ensure that female scientists are not kept at lower levels but are given the opportunity to lead the field. Here we showcase the work of the EVBC and highlight the achievements of some outstanding women experts in virology and viral bioinformatics.
Keywords:Virus Bioinformatics, Big Data, Networking, Virus Discovery, Virus Evolution, Viral Infection, Transcriptomics, Emerging Viruses, Epidemiology, Viral Ecology, Animals
Source:Viruses
ISSN:1999-4915
Publisher:MDPI
Volume:14
Number:7
Page Range:1522
Date:12 July 2022
Official Publication:https://doi.org/10.3390/v14071522
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