Dr Philippe Rocca-Serra

Technical Project Leader

+44(0)1865 610657
ISA infrastructure home page: http://www.isa-tools.org

ISA github repository: http://www.github.com/ISA-tools


Philippe Rocca-Serra, after an engineering degree from University of Rennes, received his PhD in Molecular Genetics from University of Bordeaux. He worked at EMBL-EBI in the helping establishing the european microarray archive. He has 10 years of practice in data management and has been an active member of several standardization efforts, aiming at promoting open data and open science vision. He is technical coordinator of the ISA project, part of the OBO Foundry editorial board and participates to resource development as part of the OBI project.

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  • Standardizing data. Baker NA, Klemm JD, Harper SL, Gaheen S, Heiskanen M, Rocca-Serra P, Sansone SA. Nat Nanotechnol. 2013 Feb;8(2):73-4. doi: 10.1038/nnano.2013.12. PMID: 23380926
  • Eamonn Maguire, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, and Philippe Rocca-Serra. OntoMaton: a Bioportal powered ontology widget for Google Spreadsheets, Bioinformatics. 2013 Feb 15;29(4):525-7. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bts718. PMID: 23267176
  • Kenneth Haug, Reza M. Salek, Pablo Conesa, Janna Hastings, Paula de Matos, Mark Rijnbeek, Tejasvi Mahendraker, Mark Williams, Steffen Neumann, Philippe Rocca-Serra, Eamonn Maguire, Alejandra González-Beltrán, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Julian L. Griffin, and Christoph Steinbeck. MetaboLights—an open-access general-purpose repository for metabolomics studies and associated meta-data, Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Jan;41(Database issue):D781-6. doi: 10.1093/nar/gks1004.PMID: 23109552
  • Julian L. Griffin, Christoph Steinbeck, Pablo Conesa, Kenneth Haug, Tejasvi Mahendraker, Mark Williams, Eamonn Maguire, Philippe Rocca−Serra, Susanna−Assunta Sansone and Reza M. Salek. MetaboLights: towards a new COSMOS of metabolomics data management, Metabolomics. 2012 Oct;8(5):757-760. PMID: 23060735
  • Eamonn Maguire, Philippe Rocca-Serra, Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Jim Davies and Min Chen, Taxonomy-based Glyph Design -- with a Case Study on Visualizing Workflows of Biological Experiments, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 18, 2012.
  • On the evolving portfolio of community-standards and data sharing policies: turning challenges into new opportunities.Sansone SA, Rocca-Serra P. Gigascience. 2012 Jul 12;1(1):10. doi: 10.1186/2047-217X-1-10. PMID: 23587326
  • graph2tab, a library to convert experimental workflow graphs into tabular formats. Brandizi M, Kurbatova N, Sarkans U, Rocca-Serra P. Bioinformatics. 2012 Jun 15;28(12):1665-7. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bts258. PMID: 22556367 
  • Translating standards into practice - one Semantic Web API for Gene Expression. Deus HF, Prud'hommeaux E, Miller M, Zhao J, Malone J, Adamusiak T, McCusker J, Das S, Rocca Serra P, Fox R, Marshall MS. J Biomed Inform. 2012 Aug;45(4):782-94. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2012.03.002. Epub 2012 Mar 24. PMID: 22449719
  • Susanna−Assunta Sansone*‚ Philippe Rocca−Serra*‚ Dawn Field and Eamonn Maguire et al, Towards interoperable bioscience data, Nature Genetics, 2012 Jan 27;44(2):121-6. doi: 10.1038/ng.1054. PMID: 22281772
  • Towards BioDBcore: a community-defined information specification for biological databases. Gaudet P, Bairoch A, Field D, Sansone SA, Taylor C, Attwood TK, Bateman A, Blake JA, Bult CJ, Cherry JM, Chisholm RL, Cochrane G, Cook CE, Eppig JT, Galperin MY, Gentleman R, Goble CA, Gojobori T, Hancock JM, Howe DG, Imanishi T, Kelso J, Landsman D, Lewis SE, Mizrachi IK, Orchard S, Ouellette BF, Ranganathan S, Richardson L, Rocca-Serra P, Schofield PN, Smedley D, Southan C, Tan TW, Tatusova T, Whetzel PL, White O, Yamasaki C; BioDBCore Working Group. Nucleic Acids Res. 2011 Jan;39(Database issue):D7-10. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkq1173. PMID: 21097465
  • Winston Hide, Shannan Ho Su, Kimberly Begley, Dorothy Reilly, Brad Chapman, Ray McGovern, Philippe Rocca−Serra, Eamonn Maguire, Gabriel Altschuler, Terah A.A. Hansen, Ramakrishna Sompallae, Andrei Krivtsov, Ramesh Shivdasani, Scott Armstrong, Aedín C. Culhane, Mick Correll, Susanna Assunta−Sansone and Oliver Hofmann. The Stem Cell Discovery Engine: An integrated repository and analysis system for cancer stem cell comparisons, Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Jan;40(Database issue):D984-91. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkr1051. PMID: 22121217 
  • Philippe Rocca−Serra‚ Marco Brandizi‚ Eamonn Maguire‚ Nataliya Sklyar‚ Chris Taylor‚ Kimberly Begley‚ Dawn Field‚ Stephen Harris‚ Winston Hide‚ Oliver Hofmann‚ Steffen Neumann‚ Peter Sterk‚ Weida Tong and Susanna−Assunta Sansone. ISA software suite: supporting standards−compliant experimental annotation and enabling curation at the community level, Bioinformatics, 2010.

 Conferences and Meetings:

  • Biocuration, 2013, Cambridge, UK.
  • Beyond the PDF, 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • CSHALS, 2013, Boston, USA.
  • ISMB, 2012, Longbeach, USA.