MSST 2014 Speaker
Theodore Wong, Illumina
"Bigomics": Challenges and promises in large scale sequencing projects
Large scale sequencing projects promise a better understanding of the genetic foundations of life, longevity, and disease. The arrival of the $1000 genome made it financially feasible to study genomes of cohorts comprising tens or hundreds of thousands of participants, but the technical and social challenges facing these studies, however, remain enormous. The technical include the efficient storage, management, and analysis of genomic data, while the social include the consent and privacy rights of cohort participants. In this talk, I discuss these challenges and some approaches to address them.
Theodore Wong is a staff software engineer at Illumina, a developer and manufacturer of life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and biological function. Before joining Illumina, Dr. Wong was a Research Staff Member at IBM Research - Almaden, where he worked on an eclectic range of projects, including distributed storage, distributed computing for embedded compute clusters in space, and neural network hardware architecture simulations.