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Peter Covitz
Peter Covitz manages the development of integrated biomedical informatics infrastructure for the National Cancer Institute. Before joining the NCI, he was VP of Professional Services at InforMax, Inc. Earlier in his career, Covitz worked as a research scientist and manager at Incyte Pharmaceuticals and Molecular Applications Group.

Covitz describes what drew him to bioinformatics: “My entry into bioinformatics began while I was still a bench scientist. I was working on an organism with fascinating symbiotic biology, but for which many of the standard molecular genetic techniques had not yet been worked out. I decided that the high-throughput sequencing approach would be a great way to move things forward. Once the data started pouring in, I had to learn how to automate many of the tasks that one does manually with smaller data sets, and also how to publish the data electronically. That led me to computer programming, databases, and bioinformatics. So, it was a desire to move my biological research forward more rapidly that led me to bioinformatics.”

 


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