Biobanking and big data

Speakers: Mārcis Leja

Baiba Vilne

Lauris Cikovskis

Moderator: Eliza Avotina

The discussion is focusing on a need for biobanks, obtaining and storing bio samples. Big data creation, storage; HPC data. The panel discussion is taking a closer look at the student's opportunities to participate in medical research.

Eliza Avotina is an ophthalmology resident at the University of Latvia. Parallel to studies she works in the Institute of Clinical and Preventive Medicine. Have experience in coordinating research activities in the field of oncology, including biobanking purposes.

Baiba Vilne, Ph.D. is a bioinformatician, who recently joined RSU as a Principal Investigator of the Bioinformatics Research Unit. Baiba and her team perform analysis and integration of genome, transcriptome, microbiome, and other omics data with clinical as well as environmental/lifestyle and medical image data, among others, harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI)/Machine Learning (ML) algorithms. This type of analysis is currently very relevant in the context of personalized medicine to apply diagnostics and therapy to the needs of each individual.

Lauris Cikovskis, Ph.D., is the leading specialist and head of the High-Performance Computing (HPC) center of Riga Technical University (RTU). He has been involved in different supercomputing and e-infrastructures related activities since 2005 when he joined the FP6 BalticGrid project, and currently, he leads the RTU team in Horizon 2020 project EOSC-Nordic. Since 2018, he represents Latvia in EuroHPC Joint Undertaking. Lauris has been elected as the Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications, RTU. His academic interests are mobile communications, parallel computing systems.