News / 31 July 2017
EMBL Australia PhD student John Salamon wins poster prize at VIZBI.
PhD Student John Salamon demonstrates his app to Monash Bioinformatics Platform Lead Bioinformatician Associate Professor David Powell at VIZBI.

A young member of EMBL Australia’s Partner Laboratory Network took out the award for the best scientific poster at the Visualizing Biological Data (VIZBI 2017) conference in June.

John Salamon, a student in the Lynn Group hosted at SAHMRI, and his collaborators won the NVIDIA Best Scientific Poster Award, based on popular vote by conference participants, for their poster, titled ‘Network visualisation & analysis of in situ sequencing data with InSituNet’.

Together with researchers at the Science for Life Laboratory at Stockholm University, the first-year PhD student created InSituNet, a Cytoscape app that preserves spatially-resolved gene expression information in 2D tissue samples.

The preserved information shows RNA transcripts in the context of their arrangement, allowing comparison and visual definition of different tissue areas, such as tumour and non-tumour regions.

Dr Davis McCarthy, a postdoctoral fellow of the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), and EMBL alumnus Prof Lars Juhl Jensen were two of the 21 world-leading researchers who presented during the VIZBI conference, which was proudly sponsored by EMBL Australia.