Sameer VelankarTeam Leader, Protein Data Bank in Europe
As a founding member of the Worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB), the Protein Data Bank in Europe (PDBe) manages the worldwide biomacromolecular structure archive, the Protein Data Bank (PDB). The wwPDB partners accept and annotate worldwide depositions of biomacromolecular structures determined using X-ray crystallography, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, 3D Electron Microscopy (EM) and other structure-determination methods. PDBe is a founding member of EMDataBank, which manages the deposition and annotation of EM data in EMDB.PDBe aims to ensure that this important resource truly serves the needs of the biomedical community.
The PDBe team, led by Dr Sameer Velankar, works to improve the web interface so that users can make the most of existing tools and services. The team designs new tools as needed in order to make structural data available and accessible to all. In the context of the SIFTS project, the team integrates structural data with other biological data to facilitate discovery. These integrated data form the basis for many query interfaces that allow biomacromolecular structure data to be presented in its biological context. Specific focus areas are data integrity, data quality, integration and data dissemination to the non-expert biomedical community.