Elsevier Applications and Developer NetworkPartner SpotlightAkhilesh Pandey, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Partner Spotlight Akhilesh Pandey, M.D., Ph.D.As the world’s leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information and solutions, Elsevier is continuouslyseeking new ways to accelerate scientific information search and discovery. Through the efforts of the Elsevier DeveloperNetwork, new relationships are being forged to foster collaboration throughout the scientific community to developinnovative workflow solutions that enhance researcher productivity and help solve research problems. Partner Spotlight Dr. Akhilesh Pandey Professor, Institute of Genetic Medicine and Departments of Biological Chemistry, Oncology and Pathology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Editorial Board member, Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, Journal of Proteome Research, Proteomics, Clinical Proteomics and DNA Research, Genome Research (former) Associate Editor, BMC BioinformaticsAbout Dr. Pandey Dr. Pandey and ElsevierAs one of the top bioinformaticists in the world, Dr. Pandey has a vision to In addition to his work at Johns Hopkins and IOB, Dr. Pandey hasinvigorate and fuel popular interest in science on a global scale and take a worked in conjunction with Elsevier for nearly a decade, partneringsystems biology approach by combining many Omics technologies. on publishing, research, and cultivation programs to push science and discovery. Pandey sees Elsevier’s work in academic publishing asWorking in proteomics, Dr. Pandey developed the SILAC method, a beneficial to the advancement and propagation of the work done by themass spectrometry-based procedure that detects variances in protein global scientific community.abundance using non-radioactive isotopic labeling. To aid in hisresearch, Pandey founded the Institute of Bioinformatics in Bangalore, With Dr. Pandey’s cutting-edge research and fervor for the globalizationIndia. Coupled with his team from the Pandey Labs at Johns Hopkins of science, Elsevier’s Developer Network approached him to collaborateUniversity—a Systems Biology lab whose objective is to find a better on a number of initiatives. In 2011 he was invited to be a judge for Appsunderstanding of signaling pathways and identify therapeutic targets and for Science, a software developers’ competition to create workflowbiomarkers in a variety of cancers—they set out to create an exhaustive, solutions that enhance the research experience. The competition providedcentralized human protein database that researchers and scientists around developers’ access to Elsevier’s scientific content and APIs (Applicationthe world could reference for their own work. Programming Interfaces), and challenged them to develop apps that improve productivity. The competition spawned over 6,000 followers and yielded 27 completed apps, 15 of which are now available via Elsevier’s Application Marketplace.
Elsevier Developer Network |Following Apps for Science, the Developer Network approached Dr. Pandeywith the idea of a collaborative effort on his lab’s human protein database. Bylinking to the ScienceDirect platform as an app, the protein database couldthen be linked to full- text articles on ScienceDirect, making Pandey’s work From the success of Apps for Science, coupled with the relationshipaccessible to more than 15 million researchers, and alleviating his concerns fostered while building the HPRD app, Elsevier asked Dr. Pandey toon how to effectively make his research available to the broader scientific co-chair Developer Network’s international challenge series, Code forcommunity. “I thought it would be a great thing to link the database via an Science. Pandey and his teams from Johns Hopkins and the Institute ofapp on ScienceDirect,” says Pandey about Elsevier’s approach. Bioinformatics in Bangalore have led the initiative currently underway in India, with participants submitting over 100 application concepts in“ e wanted to be part of the solution—not just using W the first round of the competition. “They’re trying to reach the broader apps, but making ones that others could use.” research- developer community,” says Dr. Pandey about the developer competition Elsevier has established in recent years. “They’re not just looking for scientist/developers that are reading journals; they’re looking The result, Human Protein for the best talent they can tap into.” Database (HPRD), a widely utilized internet-accessible database that As other information- and data-driven companies seek a larger foothold many scientists from around the within the community, Dr. Pandey sees Elsevier’s continued presence, both world recognize as the premier as a publisher and as a promoter of the developer-researcher ecosystem, reference for protein information, as its greatest strength. “A lot of companies want to come in and talk is now available to researchers about revolutionizing research,” explains Pandey. on ScienceDirect. Pandey credits much of the success of this effort not only to its link “ he problem lies in the fact that you need to have T to ScienceDirect, but also to expertise in the area that you’re talking about and want Elsevier’s specific knowledge base to change. Areas like biomedical research are not easy in application development. to grasp. Elsevier understands science, as well as our research challenges, and truly engages with scientists,“Though we have developers, we had never done something like thisbefore,” Pandey admits. “Elsevier knew the data structure and how to aid in researchers, and developers to create top notchfine-tuning the algorithms that go into fueling the database’s search engine. results—there is instant chemistry.”It’s not just about funding or encouragement. They’re actively involved, andwe’re very happy about that.”
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