Janet Thornton

Senior Scientist, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)

As the Director of EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) between 2001 and 2015, Professor Dame Janet Thornton, led the growth of the Institute from 160 to over 600 people. Janet is one of the world’s pioneers in structural bioinformatics, using computational methods to understand protein structure and function. She was the architect of the pan-European infrastructure ELIXIR for life sciences data and bioinformatics tools. She currently leads a research group at EMBL-EBI, studying the computational biology of proteins and ageing. Janet is also a leading voice in the scientific community, having undertaken leadership and governance roles in the Royal Society, European Research Council, UK Natural History Museum and chairing the Board of Trustees at the Earlham Institute.



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