Emma Lundberg
Emma Lundberg

Read about Emma Lundberg's proposed talk to be held at Materials Today's New Scientist Live event on 23 September 2016.


Imagine the time and effort spent by all the worlds’ gamers playing computer games. Now imagine if that effort could be used for something really useful instead, like being put to a previously insurmountable scientific project. Dr. Emma Lundberg of the Human Protein Atlas Project out of Sweden and the Swiss company MMOS asked the players of the SciFi game Eve Online to do just that as a game-within-the-game, called Project Discovery. During the first 6 weeks gamers spent 163 working years classifying millions of microscope images, adding vital information into deciphering protein functions. The Human Protein Atlas is an academic research program aimed to characterize all human proteins; the end-result is an open-access biological database (www.proteinatlas.org) with over 150.000 users on a monthly basis. Dr. Lundberg will tell you more about Project Discovery and crowdsourcing scientific data, this 10-year long research project and the importance of characterizing all our proteins.


Emma Lundberg is Assistant Professor of Cell Biology Proteomics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Lundberg is the Director of the Subcellular Protein Atlas, part of the Human Protein Atlas program, at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. Her research is focused on studies of human proteins using bioimaging, applying machine learning and citizen science approaches for classification of large image data sets. Dr Lundberg received her Ph. D. in Biotechnology in 2008 and holds a M. Sc. in Biotechnological Engineering.