Dr. Michael Zody is a computational biologist with over 15 years of experience writing bioinformatic software, analyzing genomic and transcriptomic sequence data, and managing engineers and researchers. He serves as the Scientific Director of Computational Biology at the New York Genome Center.
He started his career at the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research (now part of the Broad Institute) during the pilot-sequencing phase of the Human Genome Project. As Manager of Sequencing Informatics at Whitehead, he led informatics efforts associated with production scaling of human genome sequencing. His group built the first fully-automated barcoding and database tracking system for managing high-throughput sequencing workflows. Dr. Zody also oversaw automated assembly, quality control, and public release of ¼ of the draft sequence of the human genome.
After the initial release of the human genome reference sequence, Dr. Zody co-led mouse genome sequencing efforts and was an analysis group leader for both the mouse and chimpanzee genome analysis consortia. He has worked with nearly every extant commercial sequencing platform and has been part of the early evaluation and adoption teams for several platforms ranging from ABI 3700 capillary sequencers to Solexa (now Illumina) Genome Analyzers. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and written 4 book chapters. Dr. Zody received his PhD in medical science from Uppsala University, Sweden, and earned a SB in materials science and engineering and a SM in metallurgy from MIT.
In addition to his research work, Dr. Zody has served on the organizing committee for the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) meeting since 2007. He travels extensively to teach courses on sequencing technology, analysis, and experimental design. Since 2007, he has been an instructor at the Cold Spring Harbor Advanced Sequencing Technologies and Applications course. He has also taught in such diverse locations as the Smithsonian Institution (2010), Uppsala University (Sweden, 2008-2012), and K-RITH (Durban, South Africa, 2013). Dr. Zody teaches an annual Sequencing Informatics Workshop for the scientific community at the New York Genome Center.