Gender bias in senior research roles at genomics/bioinformatics institutes

2015-06-29T05:04:46Z (GMT) by Keith Bradnam

This dataset comprises details from 40 different academic institutes (or centers/departments) that specialize in genomics and/or bioinformatics. The vast majority (33/40) mention 'genome', 'genomics', or 'bioinformatics' in their title (the exceptions to this include the Broad Institute, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute).

The 40 different institutes represent locations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. In some cases, the named institute represents an umbrella organization connecting researchers in different locations across that country (e.g. the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics). I think that this dataset contains most of the widely known research institues that have a dedicated focus on genomics and bioinformatics. The list could probably be further expanded if I targeted more University departments that have a specialization in these fields.

In total I logged the gender of 1,039 peope in various 'senior' research roles (e.g. Faculty, 'Group leaders', 'Project leaders', etc.). In many cases I deduced gender from first names, but looked for images of researchers where this was not easy to do so. I excluded any non-English-language institutions where I could not find a English version of their personnel page.

The CSV table includes website links to the relevant pages of each institution that allowed me to determine the gender of senior researchers.

Statistics were gathered on the 27th and 28th of June 2015. I stopped gathering data after reaching 40 research institutes.