Eric Banks is a computational biologist and group leader of the Genome Sequencing and Analysis group at the Broad Institute. He leads a group focused on developing methods for analysis of data from next-generation sequencing technology and the genetic variation discovered with that data.
The team’s work is aimed at the implementation of the Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK), a Broad-designed software library that simplifies the process of developing efficient, robust tools for working with next-generation sequencing data. The tools developed as part of the GATK are now integrated into the 1000 Genomes Project, The Cancer Genome Atlas, and the Broad's production sequencing pipeline, as well as in many other sequencing centers and individual labs with sequencing machines.
Before joining the Broad in March 2009, Banks earned a Masters of Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. in computational biology from Princeton University.
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