Eric Banks

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.

Select Publications

Depristo MA, et al. A framework for variation discovery and genotyping using next-generation DNA sequencing data. Nat Genet. 2011 May;43(5):491-8. Epub 2011 Apr 10.

McKenna A, et al. The Genome Analysis Toolkit: a MapReduce framework for analyzing next-generation DNA sequencing data. Genome Res. 2010 Sep;20(9):1297-303. Epub 2010 Jul 19.

Danecek P, et al. The variant call format and VCFtools. Bioinformatics, 2011, 27(15):2156-8.

Last updated date: February 2014