For me, it's all about the journey rather than the destination. The challenges and learning along the way make achieving that final reward that much more exciting. My current role at Illumina is Scientist in the Illumina Clinical Services Laboratory, where we are working on putting clinical whole genome sequencing into practice- the physician's practice. We are performing sequencing in a CLIA setting and mining through the available genetics for individual genome interpretation, and at the same time enabling the translation of genome information so that physicians are better able to understand the findings and determine a course of action.
My previous role at Illumina was within Scientific Affairs, where I focused on understanding how the scientific community was using Illumina technology and what their needs were. I was responsible for translating that information for our commercial organization. The theme of translation, or providing a bridge between two different communities, has been consistent throughout my career. After receiving a combined business and science undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, I worked as an application developer and IT specialist consultant with IBM. After a few years, I found that I missed scientific discussion and being part of the scientific community, and returned to academia to study bioinformatics. I received my Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of British Columbia, Canada. When I'm not working, I'm trying to catch up with friends and family, travelling, occasionally surfing (since moving to San Diego), and well, just getting outside.