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Robert Prill
Research Staff Member
IBM Almaden Research Center

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  • 2010 Postdoc, IBM Computational Biology Center
  • 2008 Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
  • 1997 B.S.E in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Short Bio

Dr. Robert Prill is a computational biologist at IBM Research in San Jose, California with 14 years of experience in high-throughput biology and genomics research. Robert received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining IBM Research, Robert worked as a biochemist at NIH, and as bioinformatics analyst at NCBI, Merck, and Broad Institute. At IBM Research, Robert is working on identifying and quantifying the myriad of microbes in and on nearly everything, especially humans, using novel bioinformatics algorithms to analyze very large DNA sequencing datasets. Using distributed computing frameworks such as MapReduce, Robert implements algorithms to run at data-center scale. Robert leads the bioinformatics component of the "Sequence the City" Grand Challenge at the IBM Almaden Research Lab, a hands-on exploration of how ubiquitous DNA sequencing might transform city life in the near future.

Previous Research Topics

  • Scaling-up genome-wide association studies (GWAS) (BlueSNP)
  • Crowd-sourcing for Systems Biology (DREAM)