Blockchain Based Mangement of Genomics Data

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Funding

  • Competition Funded Project (Students Worldwide)
This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Project description

Centralised storage and processing of medical data has various drawbacks. It provides a single point of failure, requiring a high level of availability. It generates costs created by the need to actively curate and make mutually compatible the various contributing sources of data. It requires mutual trust. It also
creates a single large target for cyber attack. A distributed architecture mitigates these drawbacks to varying degrees.

The advent of the blockchain has stimulated interest in using the distributed ledger concept to create distributed solutions to a wide range of challenges. This project looks at health records with a focus on genomic data for genomic medicine research, which is a use case for which a community with a need for better data handling and a ready enthusiasm to engage with improved solutions has been identified.

In genomic research, a number of sites generate experimental and clinical data from their specific activities. In order to correlate these data sources, a distributed ledger technology architecture
will be designed and implemented. The DLT solution will manage access to individual sites' data according to agreed policies, an in doing so it will provide a practically unforgeable trace of what access was granted to what party.

Person specification

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Essential

Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You must be capable of performing at a very high level.
  • You must have a self-driven interest in uncovering and solving unknown problems and be able to work hard and creatively without constant supervision.

Desirable

Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You will possess determination (which is often more important than qualifications) although you'll need a good amount of both.
  • You will have good time management.

General

Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • Discuss your final year Undergraduate project work - and if appropriate your MSc project work.
  • How well does your previous study prepare you for undertaking Postgraduate Research?
  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?
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