Paving the Way: Contributions of Big Data to Apicomplexan and Kinetoplastid Research

Robyn S. Kent, Emma M. Briggs, Beatrice L. Colon, Catalina Alvarez, Sara Silva Pereira, Mariana De Niz (Lead / Corresponding author)

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In the age of big data an important question is how to ensure we make the most out of the resources we generate. In this review, we discuss the major methods used in Apicomplexan and Kinetoplastid research to produce big datasets and advance our understanding of Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium, Trypanosoma and Leishmania biology. We debate the benefits and limitations of the current technologies, and propose future advancements that may be key to improving our use of these techniques. Finally, we consider the difficulties the field faces when trying to make the most of the abundance of data that has already been, and will continue to be, generated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number900878
Number of pages39
JournalFrontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Early online date6 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2022


  • Big Data
  • Cryptosporidiosis
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Humans
  • Plasmodium
  • Toxoplasma
  • kinetoplastid
  • proteomics
  • apicomplexa
  • functional screens
  • transcriptomics
  • genomics
  • microscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology


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