Research and Data Deluge
Dr. Alice Layton, Associate Professor, Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Dr. Layton is learning first-hand about the computer challenges associated with living in a data deluge world. As a research Associate Professor, Dr. Layton, is charged with providing high-throughput DNA sequencing for the University of Tennessee campus. Like several other types of scientific research, DNA sequencing technologies have both developed around and are pushing computer infrastructure. For example, since the 1990’s, DNA sequencing has moved from generating kilobyte files maintained on desktop computers to terabyte-sized files maintained on servers. Dealing with this DNA sequencing data deluge is an exciting research area that cross cuts science and information technology through the integration of security, data transfer, storage and rapidly changing computational software.