Frances Wong is from and still lives in Edinburgh. She works remotely as part of the OME team where she is the Curator for the Image Data Resource (IDR). Since March, Frances has shifted from blended working to being based fully at home.
What COVID-19 project are you working on?
One of the datasets recently submitted to IDR was images of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of Covid-19, in human intestinal cells. IDR published these images, with additional annotations, for use by the global scientific community. Due to the current pandemic, these images have also received public interest.
What do you normally work on?
I work as part of a team to publish cell and tissue imaging data associated with scientific manuscripts in IDR.
What’s your typical day?
I work remotely as I am based in Edinburgh. I was working 2 days a week from home and 3 days a week from an imaging facility at the University of Edinburgh as a visitor. I enjoyed this balance of working from home and working in an open-plan office with scientific colleagues. So, working from home every day now has been a slight adjustment to my weekly working pattern. But, my work and how I communicate with the team have not changed significantly. What was different for me was the 2020 OME Community Meeting that was held online due to the lockdown. This was my first virtual conference and, whilst it was a success, it was strange not to be able to meet people in person.
Why did you decide to work for the Image Data Resource?
I believe online scientific resources are very useful tools and I enjoy working with imaging data, so IDR seemed like a good fit.