Swedlow, Jason


1984 …2024

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Imaging is one of the most innovative and widely used technologies in modern life sciences research. Since 2002, we have led the Open Microscopy Environment (OME), an open source technology development effort to build the data management and integration tools needed to make imaging data a first-class resource for the next generation of life sciences research. OME develops and releases data models, file format translators and data management software. OME’s Bio-Formats and OMERO are used in thousands of laboratories around the world. We have built a spinout, Glencoe Software, to deliver commercial data managements systems based on Bio-Formats and OMERO.

We have used Bio-Formats and OMERO to build the Image Data Resource (IDR), one of the largest public bioimaging data repositories in the world. IDR publishes bioimaging datasets associated with peer reviewed publications. The flexibility provided by Bio-Formats and OMERO means that IDR can handle a wide range of data types from research domains across the life and biomedical sciences. The IDR project collaborates with the EMBL-EBI’s Bioimage Archive and RIKEN’s SSBD database (link: ssbd.qbic.riken.jp) to construct a larger ecosystem for public bioimaging data. Several projects worldwide now use the technology constructed for IDR for publishing their own data.

Our technology development for OME feeds into several research threads. Our main research interest is in cell division where we study the requirements for segregation of mitotic chromosomes. Our discovery of Bod1, a critical modifier of protein phosphate activity is in mitosis has illuminated the key roles in modulating signalling pathways during chromosomes segregation. Our current focus in collaboration with Angus Lamond’s lab is exploring the role of oxygen-sensing enzymes in assembling components of the mitotic spindle. We also work with the SLS’s National Phenotypic Screening Facility to provide high throughput imaging and large-scale data analytics capabilities for development of new assays, small technologies and analytic tools at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Program Director

15 Feb 202130 Sept 2024

CEO, Glencoe Software, Inc.

20 Nov 2005 → …


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