GHGA Lecture Series: Michael Baudis (virtual)

Michael Baudis from the University of Zurich talked about ā€˛Federated genomic discoveries: Deploying the GA4GH Beacon protocol" at the GHGA lecture series ("Advances in Data-Driven Biomedicine") on March 20, 2024.


Michael Baudis is a professor of bioinformatics and theoretical cancer genomics. His public "Progenetix" database is one of the most comprehensive resources for structural genome variations in cancer. He also develops standards for the exchange of genome-related research data, for example as a member of the "Global Alliance for Genomics and Health" GA4GH and ELIXIR, the European bioinformatics organization.


With the ever increasing amount of genomic data produced in the context of research studies, population analyses and medical diagnostics the need for access to genomic information beyond administrative or geographic boundaries has become a matter of eminent importance. Here, the Beacon standard by the Global Alliance for Genomics an Health (GA4GH) has emerged as the major protocol for federated genomic data discovery with potential for implementation in different environments, from research nodes to international networks.

Professor Michael Baudis will present the history and trajectory of the Beacon protocol as well as discuss it in the context of GA4GH and ELIXIR standards and potential deployment options for genomics resources, Beacon networks and aggregators.