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Over the Australian summer, I flew home from Baltimore to attend the wedding of two of my dearest friends, Kirsty and Kelly. I had the added excitement of helping officiate their ceremony and could not have been more thrilled. There’s was to be the first legal same-sex marriage in Tasmania, the southernmost state of Australia. Needless to say, it was a bloody incredible day, as recorded in several media articles, including The Advocate, PEDESTRIAN.

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A couple of weeks back I was in Boston for BioC2017, the annual Bioconductor meeting. This is my favourite conference because I get to hear from and meet the awesome community that develop and use R/Bioconductor packages to enable research in high-throughput biology. The agenda and slides for the 3 days are available from https://www.bioconductor.org/help/course-materials/2017/BioC2017/. I’m drawing on these notes that I scrawled during Developer Day, the first day of the meeting.

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I started this post as a straight review of the Australian Statistical Conference 2014, but it turned into something else about large conferences and what makes me excited about statistics (spoiler alert, the answer is data science). This year’s conference was in Sydney and was held jointly with the annual meeting of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. Being held jointly with the IMS had two main effects: This was by far the biggest statistics conference I’ve been to, with some 500-600 delegates and up to 8 parallel session.

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Earlier this year this equation was doing the rounds of the geek community. When plotted it supposedly drew the Batman symbol. Simple, no? See here for a thorough discussion of how all the pieces fit together. It would seem that you have to work pretty hard for Batman to appear in your graphs. But today I stumbled across Batman in real scientific paper. Observe… The plot comes from Supplementary Figure 11 of Li, Y.

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I attended a talk by Dr Stephen Turner, the founder and Chief Technology Officer of Pacific Biosciences, promoting PacBio’s SMRT (Single Molecule Real Time) sequencing platform. While I’d heard of the “next-next-generation” of sequencing technologies at least 18 months ago, this was the first time I’d paid much attention to them. What sets the “next-next-gen” from the “next-gen” platforms (why won’t this terminology die already!) is that rather than sequencing a cluster (Illumina) or a bead (SOLiD) of amplified and identical molecules we sequence a single molecule.

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Projects

DNA methylation

Research from my PhD and much of my postdoc

R

Some of the things I’ve done with R

Selected Publications

bioRxiv, 2017

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A, 2015

Recent Publications

More Publications

. A Novel Apparatus to Measure Knee Flexor Strength During Various Hamstring Exercises: A Reliability and Retrospective Injury Study. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther., 2018.

PubMed

. Neuronal Brain Region-Specific DNA Methylation and Chromatin Accessibility Are Associated with Neuropsychiatric Disease Heritability. bioRxiv, 2017.

Project bioRxiv

. The Victorian Collaborative Autism Study: A Family and Community Study of the Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Intellect Disabil Res, 2016.

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Contact

  • peter.hickey@gmail.com
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 615 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202, USA