Jacques Corbeil’s research is specifically focused on devising massively distributed software tools for the genomics community. He has created (and maintains) a parallel DNA sequencing tool called Ray, which is freely available, that will enable other researchers to further understand the impact of the human microbiome on human health (specifically, autoimmune diseases)
This research is focused on devising massively distributed software tools for the genomics community. Furthermore, the tools are used to solve complex problems in biology or medicine. Compute Canada infrastructure is used to store the biological data produced by scientific experiments as well as to run software tools in a massively distributed fashion for timely results. Last year, some of our research activities included the release of several versions of Ray (a highly distributed genome assembler), our participation in the international Assemblathon 2 project, and research in metagenomics that led to potentially two publications (one published and one in revision). The results of this research have the potential to impact Canadians by improving our understanding of the role of human microbiomes, translating the research into production-ready software appliances, and to improve frameworks and methods to devise and create massively distributed software tools. This research would not be possible without Compute Canada infrastructure because we need parallel software tools for parallel DNA sequencing.