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Dr Jenny Barna

IT Manager (Relationship Manager), School of the Biological Sciences

About Jenny

Jenny studied chemistry at Oxford followed by postdoctoral work in Cambridge. Her research work involved processing data from NMR spectroscopy and this evolved so that she no longer spent all week in the lab and eventually started running the computers as well. She helped pioneer the use of the Maximum Entropy Method in NMR data processing during this time.

After starting to run the School's first shared computing system for molecular biology research, with enormous support from what was then UCS, Jenny continued to help lead the use of technologies in Cambridge. This included introducing Internet Protocols for biologists with the support of the Computer Lab, Ethernet networking of the School with UCS, use of various email protocols and having one of the first web servers in the University.

Jenny has also worked on numerous University committees and review groups, contributing to academic and IT policies and to the development of new initiatives. In IT these have included CamGrid, on which she worked with colleagues from Physics and Earth Sciences to help biologists and others benefit from this federated resource.

More recently she continued to provide specialized resources for bioinformatics and computational biology while working with UIS to create the enlarged Research Computing Services, who have now incorporated new developments to support the School's work. This has allowed very significant support for the new Cryo-EM consortium and the ability to help other groups with infrastructure, cutting the need for local server rooms.

Current University projects to which she has been contributing include bringing the MRC Toxicology Unit into the School, making sure this University's IT systems work in Leicester and helping to plan their new building in Cambridge.

Generic needs such as email, networking, storage remain a key focus of her role, as does the development of IT policy. She works with all the institutions in the School as IT Manager and is normally based in the Department of Biochemistry.

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