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Lars Jorgensen

Lars Jorgensen, Director, Genome Sequence Informatics, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

Lars Jorgensen obtained his degree in Computer Science from University of Copenhagen. While completing his studies he “stumbled” into the field of bioinformatics. Once his degree was completed, Lars moved into industry work for IBM and various start-ups. missing the scientific environment, and wanting to move back into a not-for-profit organisation and to see the world, Lars ended up doing a five year stint at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, working in various roles. 

His next move took him across the pond to Toronto, where he joined Mount Sinai Hospital. Here he ran the Genome Informatics of its Personalised Medicine Initiative as well as Bioinformatics for the Clinical Genomics Centre. In 2015, Lars joined Ontario Institute for Cancer Research to lead the newly established Genome Sequence Informatics group, and we’re lucky to have him crossing the pond yet again to appear at Festival of Genomics Boston where he will lead one of our new sessions ‘In the Loop’. He will also be participating on day two of the Festival for ‘Hack your lab – creating a system that works for you’. Lars is looking forward to connecting with peers in the field and share experiences with genomic data generation. 

 

What are you working on right now?

Extracting information from large data sets to improve treatment and prevention of cancer.

 

What’s the biggest challenge you face in your work at the moment?

Lack of stable support for core function in science.

 

Name one big development that you would like to see in your field the next 18 months.

Standards/best pratices related to scheduling of containerized analysis workflow.

 

What are you most proud of in your career?

Contributing to other peoples lives through improved treatments or career mentoring and development. 

 

Which scientists, living, dead, or fictional, would you invite to dinner, and why?

Dennis Ritchie, to understand how to extract simplicity from complex systems.

 

What advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?

How to manage your retirements funds while working in global science.

 

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