Kristen L. Beck  Kristen L. Beck photo         

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Research Staff Member, Sequencing the Food Supply Chain
Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA


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Professional Associations:  International Society for Computational Biology

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Dr. Beck is a research staff member in the Industrial and Applied Genomics group in the Accelerated Discovery Lab of IBM Research. She has been involved in food-related research for over a decade. She has published contributions in mechanistic studies of omega-3 fatty acids in tumorigenesis as well as composition of primate breast milks. Since joining IBM Research in 2015, she has been an essential member of the Consortium for Sequencing the Food Supply Chain serving as the IBM Technical Lead during the first research phase and member expansion. Her current research focuses on analyzing next generation sequencing data to gain insights about microbial ecology in food ingredients as well as confidently determination of the presence of various hazards such as pathogenic organisms, antimicrobial resistance genes, and food fraud using quantitative analytics and machine learning. Today, Dr. Beck serves as the lead bioinformatician for OMXWare, a big data repository to study microbial life at scale from genotype to phenotype. She received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. with honors in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno.