Faculty / Leadership

Benedict Paten

Benedict Paten

Director; Assistant Professor

Computational Genomics Laboratory (CGL)

Bio

 

I am a principal investigator, director of the Computational Genomics Lab and an associate research scientist within the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute. I have a PhD from Cambridge University and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. I am trying to contribute to answering some big questions, e.g. how we became human?, how we relate genetically to each other and other species?, and how genomes relate to the states of health and disease? To attack these questions I love algorithms, computers and coffee.

Brian O’Connor

Brian O’Connor

Director of the Computational Genomics Platform

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Bio

Dr. Brian O’Connor is the Director of the UCSC Genomics Institute Computational Genomics Platform, a sister project to the Computational Genomics Lab. There he focuses on the development and deployment of large-scale, cloud-based systems for analyzing genomics data. This includes the Toil workflow execution platform, which is designed to run genomic pipelines on a wide range of cloud environments including AWS, Azure, Google and OpenStack, and ADAM, a distributed genomics platform developed in collaboration with UC Berkeley. He is also the co-chair of the Containers and Workflows task team of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) where he works on tool and workflow container standards. Brian joined UCSC from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) where his previous projects included leading the technical implementation of cloud-based analysis systems for the PanCancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG, https://dcc.icgc.org/pcawg) effort, acting as the project manager for the International Cancer Genome Consortium’s Data Portal (https://dcc.icgc.org), and creating the Dockstore project (https://dockstore.org), a platform for tool and workflow sharing.”

Program Managers

Trevor Heathorn

Trevor Heathorn

Program Manager

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Kevin Osborn

Kevin Osborn

Technical Director of Software Development

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Software Engineers

Lon Blauvelt

Lon Blauvelt

Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Jesse Brennan

Jesse Brennan

Junior Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Louise Cabansay

Louise Cabansay

Junior Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Abraham ChavezJunior

Abraham ChavezJunior

Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Amar Jandu

Amar Jandu

Junior Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platformv (CGP)

Natalie Perez

Natalie Perez

Junior Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Geryl Pelayo

Geryl Pelayo

Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Charles Reid

Charles Reid

Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Brian Hannafious

Brian Hannafious

Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Hannes Schmidt

Hannes Schmidt

Senior Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Walt Shands

Walt Shands

Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Charles Overbeck

Charles Overbeck

Senior Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Daniel Sotirhos

Daniel Sotirhos

Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

David Steinberg

David Steinberg

Software Engineer

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Beth Sheets

Beth Sheets

Bioinformatics Systems Analyst

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Nneka Olunwa

Nneka Olunwa

Security Compliance Analyst

Computational Genomics Platform (CGP)

Undergraduate Students

Natan Lao

Natan Lao

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Emily Soth

Emily Soth

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Administrative Staff

Nadine Gassner

Nadine Gassner

Associate Director Research Development

Melaina Legaspi

Melaina Legaspi

Scrum Master

Greta Martin

Greta Martin

Administrative Coordinator