User:Alexander Wait Zaranek

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Alexander (Sasha) Wait Zaranek

a.k.a. Sasha - awaitz @


  • PhD Biophysics, Harvard (2009)
  • BSc Computer Science, University of Toronto (1998)

Short Biography

As a biophysics student at Harvard, I received my introduction to molecular biology in Jack Szostak's lab and learned computational biology with George Church. I was a teaching fellow for classes on synthetic biology and personal genomics and, more recently, I've continued to teach in these areas as a guest lecturer for HST508 and Biophysics 101.

I have been director of informatics at the Personal Genome Project since 2005. The PGP is the only project worldwide that provides "open-access" to well integrated human tissue-samples, genetic data and phenotype data. We were one of the first users of CC0. The commitment to openness has also led to my longtime collaboration on the Polonator which is the only open-innovation instrument platform for DNA sequencing. The Polonator, and related technologies, is part of the revolution that brought DNA sequencing costs down by 10,000-fold in the last four years. More recently it has also served as a platform for synthetic chemistry and cell biology in the same open device. Finally, along with my colleagues at the PGP, I've spearheaded an open clinical genome sequence interpretation and evidence database.

In a past-life I was a contractor for a telecom equipment supplier. My team's software translated electronics design data into instructions for a medium volume, high-mix electronics factory. I am a contributor to the IPC-2511 (GenCAM) standard. That experience helped shape my thinking on open biological factories and helped set the foundation for SCE.

My professional interests include: personalized medicine, exascale computing, and free knowledge business models. When I can, I still enjoy tinkering with quantum lifeforms and synthetic biology.


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  1. Error fetching PMID 19892942: [Drmanac2010]
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  5. Zaranek AW, Clegg T, Vandewege W, Church GM: Free Factories: Unified Infrastructure for Data Intensive Web Services. USENIX Annual Technical Conference 2008: 391-404. [Zaranek2008]
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