Yukie Akune is a glyco-informatician. In September 2016 she defended her Ph.D in bioinformatics at Soka University in Japan, supervisor Professor Kiyoko F. Kinoshita. She gained coding skills in the use of Ruby, Perl, HTML and MySQL language, and was involved in the development of the resource known as RINGS (Resource for INformatics of Glycomes at Soka). This encompasses a glycan-associated database and web tools for mining and analysing glycan data.
Dr Akune has also taken a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at Macquarie University in Australia, supervisor Professor Nicolle Packer. Her thesis (submitted) has involved studies of glycan mass spectrometry and N-glycan synthetic enzymes. She has developed a database, UniCorn, which stores the theoretically calculated repertoire of N-glycans based on glycosyltransferase activities.
Since November 2016, Dr Akune has been a member of Professor Ten Feizi’s laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate. Her project is to develop an advanced, generally usable software for carbohydrate microarray data storage and presentation, and eventual deposition in international repositories.
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