Who We Are

As a part of Fred Hutch DaSL, we are committed to supporting friendly, open, and collaborative data science efforts.

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Jeff Leek - Chief Data Officer

Jeff is Chief Data Officer, Vice President, and J Orin Edson Foundation Chair of Biostatistics at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. He leads the Fred Hutch Data Science Lab in building a data environment that is both cutting edge and friendly, supportive, open, and collaborative.

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Sandy Ormbrek - Program Operations Director

A northwest native, Sandy began working at Fred Hutch in 1984. In her tenure, Sandy has worked in the PHS Division office, the epidemiology program, PHS Labs, and since 2000 in the Biostatistics Program. Sandy joined DaSL as program operations director.

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Shasta Nicholson – Administrative Manager

Since joining Fred Hutch, Shasta has worked as Administrative Coordinator for the Biostatistics program and recently joined the Fred Hutch Data Science Lab (FH DaSL) as Administrative Manager. She has a background in higher education administration and healthcare and brings her experiences in business and education to DaSL.

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Amy Paguirigan - Senior Staff Scientist

Amy has worked at Fred Hutch working to support bench and biomedical data scientists that develop novel methods to study intratumoral heterogeneity in cancer. She also led the creation of the Fred Hutch Biomedical Data Science Wiki.

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Monica Gerber – Translational Research Analytics Manager

Monica has a background in biostatistics and epidemiology. She’s interested in helping researchers implement reproducible workflows for statistical analysis, working on ways to pair technical shifts with cultural shifts to advance science, and building inclusive data science communities.

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Sean Kross - Data Staff Scientist

Sean Kross is a Data Staff Scientist interested in building better tools and workflows for data scientists. His background is in computer science, cognitive science, and design.

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Ava Hoffman - Senior Staff Scientist

Ava is a Senior Staff Scientist. She helps lead the AnVIL Project and the Genomic Data Science Community Network (GDSCN), exploring ways to make genomics research more accessible by connecting communities to cloud-based resources. Previously, she researched ecological genomics and worked as a data scientist in industry.

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Carrie Wright - Senior Staff Scientist

Carrie has a background in genomics and brain imaging analysis. Her current work is focused on innovating ways to make data science and computational biology more accessible. She is a member of the Open Case Studies team, the Genomic Data Science Community Network (GDSCN), and the Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Training Network (ITN). She also currently leads the ITCR Training and Outreach Working Group.

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Candace Savonen - Data Scientist

Candace has a background in neuroscience and is interested in making data science tools more approachable to those who are looking to apply them to their areas of knowledge and expertise. She is enthusiastic about reproducibility and documentation of data analyses. She works as a part of the Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) Training Network (ITN) and DataTrail teams.

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Elizabeth Humphries - Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Elizabeth is a postdoctoral fellow. She did her PhD in molecular epidemiology and the genetics of mood disorders, and her MS in evolutionary and population genetics in birds. She works on the AnVIL Project.

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Howard Baek – Software Development Engineer

Howard is a Software Development Engineer interested in using R and other programming languages to build tools that help data scientists get their job done. He has a M.S in Biostatistics from the University of Washington.

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