Full Name
Melanie Courtot
Job title
Metadata standards coordinator
Speaker bio
Mélanie Courtot is passionate about making data available in a structured and standardized way, to help answer complex integrative queries and computationally process genomics knowledge.

She is a Metadata Standards coordinator at EMBL-EBI, where her team designs tools to streamline multi-omics submissions and develops integrated metadata strategies across the institute’s archival resources and other projects such as FAIRPlus and CINECA, focusing on semantic enrichment and harmonization for pharmaceutical and cohort data respectively.

In the context of GA4GH which she joined in 2016, Mélanie co-leads groups working on data access and encoding as well as clinical and phenotypic standards. This includes development of the Data Use Ontology to make datasets discoverable automatically and of SchemaBlocks, providing template schemas for consistent metadata representation.

Mélanie joined EMBL-EBI in June 2015, moving from Canada where she did postdoctoral research at Simon Fraser University and received her PhD in Bioinformatics (2014) from the University of British Columbia. She previously had spent several years in different countries working as an international consultant/software developer, after receiving a BSc in Biochemistry and Master in Computer Science (2002) from the Université Louis Pasteur, in Strasbourg, France.
Melanie Courtot