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Career Profile: Ellen Winchester

Career Profile: Ellen Winchester

"I've never been bored at the Broad," says Ellen Winchester, a principal software engineer in the Broad’s Genomics Platform. That's saying a lot, considering Ellen has been here since 1997, before the Broad emerged from the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, when she had the opportunity to work in the budding field of bioinformatics — something Ellen had never previously heard of. With her dual background in software engineering and immunology, she decided to take the plunge and has never looked back.

During her tenure here, Ellen has worked on a variety of bioinformatics projects that involve single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) —  the single-letter differences sprinkled throughout our DNA. Since joining the Genomics Platform’s Data Sciences and Data Engineering Operations Group, she has developed a software pipeline to submit sequencing data to national repositories.

When she was a graduate student at Tufts, Ellen developed an uncommon hobby: home construction. Her proudest accomplishments include having built two weekend getaway homes, which straddle a driveway in Maine. During the last few summers, she has taken up rowing on the gorgeous Kennebec River, which she finds to be "great exercise and great fun and a great community of people." Ellen lives with her spouse and their three crazy dogs of assorted breeds and sizes who take them for a walk on the local beach every day.