NCES Discipline

Molecular Genetics


Movement of Proteins


This data curation profile focuses on a researcher’s study of the positions and movement of protein molecules within a cell. The protein molecules are derived from jellyfish and inserted into E. coli cells to identify the pathways taken by the protein and cell mechanics. The researcher also examines how genetic modifications and mutations affect the movement of the protein. The data management needs relate to how the researcher can effectively manage, curate, and share his data given the large size of his data. The researcher also shared a need for better methods of backing up his data and for an organizational system to help make his data sharable. He also has an interest in making the data interoperable, but the lack of community standards for ontologies and metadata schemes limits interoperability.