I’m just this guy, you know. Many years ago (1999) I got a call to help an OMRF lab with a Solaris 7 upgrade. Ever since then, I have been trying to solve slightly more problems than I create. My background is computer science, so I don’t actually know anything about biology, genetics, actual science, etc, only the little bit I’ve absorbed over the years. However, I’ve noticed that a great deal of the science seems to involve computers in some way though, so I make a slight effort to help keep those computers running so the science can move ahead. I develop programs, create databases, administer servers, run compute clusters, backup data, occasionally kick printers, troubleshoot the wild world of “bioinformatics” software. If one was to apply a modern buzzword, I’d say it is some manner of Bioinformatics-DevOps, which is to say I’m a Jack-of-many-trades doing some operations & some development in the name of bioinformatics. I don’t have a clue what I’m doing but no one else does either, so it’s all good. I’ve done work with large participant repositories, low & high throughput genotyping, and of late a great deal of my time involves high throughput sequencing (which is just a fancy way of saying continual translating files between formats & re-downloading the human genome reference). I hope to steer people away from writing horrible code & poorly storing data to lead then to better & more reproducible science.
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