PharmacoMicrobiomics: The Drug-Microbiome Portal

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Launched on 11/11/11; Current Release 1.3 (21 March 15)

About Us


The Initiative:

The PharmacoMicrobiomics project started as a research-based educational initiative to explore drug-microbe and drug-microbiome interactions. The initiative aimed at introducing bioinformatics and microbial genomics to pharmacy students while benefiting the research community. The current web portal is the first product of this project, and is continuously being updated.


Figure published in BMC Bioinformatics 2011, 12(Suppl 7):A10


The Team:

The project is currently run and maintained by volunteer members of EgyBio (mostly FOPCU alumni and former students of Dr. Ramy Aziz). The work is split into literature mining/biocuration and web/database development.

Website and database developer
  • Mariam Reyad Rizkallah, 2010 Graduate of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt (Currently MSc student at The American University in Cairo, 11835, Cairo, Egypt) and co-editor of MicroWriters.
    Mariam designed and built the database and built a major part of the website as a part of her graduation project from the Open Source Technologies Department, Information Technology Institute (ITI), Smart Village, Egypt.
Biocurators
  • Rama Saad, 2009 graduate of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt (Currently MSc student at The American University in Cairo, 11835, Cairo, Egypt)
  • Mariam Reyad Rizkallah, 2010 graduate of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt (Currently MSc student at The American University in Cairo, 11835, Cairo, Egypt) and co-editor of MicroWriters
  • Radwa Raed Sharaf, teaching assistant and graduate student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt and co-editor of MicroWriters
  • Samar Kabeel, 2009 graduate of Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
  • Soha Gamal, graduate student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Principal investigator
Acknowledgments:

We thank Eng. Ahmed Abdel-Aliem, Lead Technical Architect at Global Consulting Services and Software Development (GCSSD) for valuable comments and suggestions concerning Django deployment, and we thank Chem. Ahmad Abdel-Khalek, System Analyst at Information Technology Incorporation (ITInc) for advising in database design and implementation.

The Database

This drug-microbiome database was designed and built as the graduation project of the Open Source Technologies track at the Information Technology Institute (ITI) in June, 2011.


Django, the Python-based framework, was used to build the web portal, and JQuery libraries. JLinkPreview plugin is provided by Sarpdoruk Tahmaz. This template is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License by Arcsin Web Templates. The project is hosted by WebFaction.