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Practical Tools For Innovation
O'Reilly Bioinformatics Technology Conference
January 28-31, 2002 -- Tucson, AZ
Chambered Nautilus

Speaker

Christopher Dwan
Christopher Dwan is a bioinformatics programmer at the University of Minnesota's Center for Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics. He helps life scientists apply high-performance computational resources to their research.

How did Dwan get into bioinformatics? “I have always been fascinated by the mechanisms of life. Many members of my nuclear family are physicians. I've always wanted to explore biochemistry and ‘how life works,’ but my aptitudes are stronger for computers than with people. My prior work was in vision processing and pattern recognition. One of my colleagues had taken his Ph.D. in biochemistry, and we would frequently talk about the potential for applying machine learning and information sciences to biological problems. I would also chat with my family about how their research/work might be a bit more productive if we could combine our disciplines. Thus, when the opportunity came for me to work with a bioinformatics and genomics research group, I jumped at it.”

 

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