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Episode 2: Pivoting into Bioinformatics and Capitalizing on Eureka Moments

Featuring Jonathan Jacobs, Senior Director, Bioinformatics and Principal Scientist

 

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Guest:

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Jonathan Jacobs, PhD

Senior Director of Bioinformatics, ATCC

Dr. Jonathan Jacobs leads ATCC’s Sequencing & Bioinformatics Center and the development of the ATCC Genome Portal. He has over 20 years of experience in molecular genetics, bioinformatics, and microbial genomics, and he has worked throughout his career at the interface of academia, government, and industry. He holds a joint Research Professor appointment at Syracuse University’s Forensic & National Security Sciences Institute in support of microbial forensics graduate student training and research, and he actively collaborates with several US public health laboratories involved in pathogen genomics research and surveillance. Dr. Jacobs is also certified in Product Management from Pragmatic Institute, and he has led successful commercial launches of several bioinformatics products into the market.

Show Notes:

The path to success usually does not follow a straight line. In this episode, ATCC’s Jonathan Jacobs talks about his rise from academic into industry and then non-profit laboratories, commenting on some of the pivotal moments. He'll hone in on what was unique about his path to success and touch on what he's proud of and some of the doubts that he's felt along the way. Listen in to learn about some of the eureka moments that helped shape Dr. Jacob’s career.

Host:

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David Yarmosh, MS

Senior Bioinformatician, ATCC

David Yarmosh is a senior bioinformatician in ATCC’s Sequencing and Bioinformatics Center. He’s a graduate of New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. He has been working in large data aggregation and analysis since 2013 and microbial genomics with a focus on biosurveillance R&D efforts since 2016. David has led international training exercises in Peru and Senegal, sharing metagenomic analytical capabilities. His interests include genomics database construction, metadata collection, drug resistance mechanisms, bioinformatics standards, and machine learning. Since joining ATCC in 2020, he has helped develop the podcast Behind the Biology, which he now hosts.

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