Rodrigo Ortega Polo

The Bioinformatics Research Support Network at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

In September 2018 a new bioinformatics research support network initiative was launched by the federal department of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. The purpose of this network is to provide support to agricultural research programs in research and development centres across Canada in a diverse range of areas. The network launched with the appointment of 5 bioinformaticians and it is growing. This support network operates at three levels: local, national and international. The pillars of the local support are collaboration, education/training and infrastructure. In the national level collaboration and coordination within our organization and with other Government of Canada and non-government institutions are key. The third level involves connecting with fellow support unit managers and building bridges internationally. In this talk thr progress of this network will be discussed, as well as future directions and challenges of the program.

Short CV

Rodrigo is the Biology Study Leader - Bioinformatics at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). He is responsible for the Bioinformatics Research Support Unit where he collaborates on multiple projects with government and university scientists. Besides bioinformatics his passions are education and training.