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BCB Alum spotlight - Darrin Lemmer ...

Photo of Darrin LemmerDarrin Lemmer, 2006 graduate, is now living and working in Flagstaff, AZ.  He had been in Minnesota with IBM for a number of years after graduation so weather was the first topic of conversation:

"Flagstaff is at 7000 ft elevation so we get snow in the winter and generally pretty mild temperatures, highs in the 80s in the summer and 40s in the winter. And 300 days of sunshine per year!"

Darrin writes, "I have been a Bioinformatician at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, Pathogen Genomics Division (TGen North) since November 2012, and the Lead Bioinformatician since June.  T-Gen North is focused on diagnostic, analytic, forensic and epidemiologic research related to pathogens important to medicine, public health and biodefense."

Here is a general description of T-Gen from their website: The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is focused on developing earlier diagnoses and smarter treatments. Translational genomics research employs innovative advances arising from the Human Genome Project by applying them to the development of diagnostics, prognostics, and therapies for cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other complex diseases. TGen's research is based on personalized medicine and the institute plans to accomplish its goals through robust and disease-focused research.

Darrin will be sending job opportunities every so often...although the pay from this non-profit may not match top industry salaries, Flagstaff weather and quality of living makes up for that ! 

BCB Alums - Outstanding Opportunities realized ...

Here are more news items on BCB alums and their positions.

The impressive outcomes of BCB alums continues to create national prominence for our BCB program. Of our 111 alums, 16 hold positions as professors. Others hold research positions as follows: 40 in academia, 41 in industry, and 6 in government. Here are recent examples of the quality outcomes for our students:

Preeti Bais, mentors, Julie Dickerson, ECPE, and Basil Nikolau, BBMB, joined a start-up with Stemina in Madison, WI, which perfectly matched her dissertation research topic; She is now an Associate Computational Scientist, Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington, CT;

Scott Boyken, mentors, Amy Andreotti, Bob Jernigan and Drena Dobbs, joined David Baker's lab at the University of WA, Seattle; Baker is a top researcher in protein folding in the U.S.

Erin Doyle, mentors, Adam Bogdanove and Dan Nettleton, is an assistant professor of biology with join Doane College in Crete, MO.

Pan Du, mentors, Julie Dickerson, ECPE, Eve Wurtele, GDCB, moved from Northwestern Univ. in Chicago to a position with Robert Gentleman's group at Genentech in San Francisco, CA. Genentech works with genetic engineering techniques to develop new medicines. Pan Du joins Michael Lawrence, another BCB alum, who has worked with Gentleman for a number of years. His mentor was Di Cook, Statistics.

Tieming Ji, mentors, Dan Nettleton, Statistics, and Pat Schnable, Agronomy, is a faculty member at the University of Missouri, Columbia, in the Statistics Department.

Nick Larson, mentors, Dan Nettleton, Statistics, and Jack Dekkers, Animal Science, joined the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN as did Michael Zimmermann, mentors, Bob Jernigan, BBMB, and Edward Yu, Physics;

Matthew Moscou, Mentors, Roger Wise, Plant Pathology; Julie Dickerson, ECPE, is a Group Leader with the Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, England. He initially joined as a postdoctoral fellow having received a Human Frontiers scholarship;

Olga Nikolova has joined the Oregon Health & Science University as a Senior Research Associate. Previously she was with Sage Bionetworks in Seattle, WA which creates disease predictive models from clinical datasets to improve the speed and efficiency of drug development. Olga's mentor's are Srinivas Aluru, ECPE, and Pat Schnable, Agronomy.

Yves Sucaet, is Section Head of Data Management and Bioinformatics with Histogenex in Antwerp, Belgium, a company which bridges histological and molecular information discovery and clinical trials.

Fadi Towfic, mentors, Vasant Honavar, Computer Science, and Heather Greenlee, Biomedical Sciences, moved from the Broad Institute, which collaborates with Harvard and MIT, to a position as V.P. of Computational Medicinefor Immuneering, Boston, MA, a small start up which uses data from clinical trials to help increase drug efficacy for patients with chronic conditions.

Li Xue, mentors, Vasant Honavar, Computer Science and Drena Dobbs, GDCB, won a 3 year Veni grant of 250,000 euros from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. She will join Alexandre Bonvin’s lab at Utrecht University in the Netherlands to gain structural knowledge of the complexes involved with protein-RNA interactions.

Matthew Wilkerson, a 2007 graduate of BCB, mentors: Volker Brendel, GDCB and Tom Peterson, GDCB, is now Bioinformatics Director at the Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program (CHIRP), Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is a health science university run by the U.S. federal government. The primary mission of the school is to prepare graduates for service to the U.S. at home and abroad in the medical corps.