Matthew Trunnell is chief information officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. In this role, he oversees and helps integrate the institute’s multi-faceted computing and information technology-related endeavors.
Trunnell has a deep interest and diverse expertise in scientific computing. He began his career by applying computation to scientific problems, first in geophysics and then in oceanography. Through these experiences, he learned how to build his own computer networks, marking some of the first forays in harnessing computers to serve scientific needs.
After working for several years as a research scientist, Trunnell left academia to tackle information technology (IT) challenges in industry. At Genome Therapeutics Corporation and then later at Cereon Genomics, he helped lead the companies’ IT initiatives in support of their bioinformatics efforts. At Blackstone Technology Group, he helped establish a life sciences IT consulting practice (now known as BioTeam), building IT infrastructures for major clients such as Pfizer, Applied Biosystems and Vertex. Prior to joining the Broad Institute in 2006, Trunnell served as head technology officer and managing director for US operations at Genedata, a Swiss bioinformatics company.
Trunnell holds a master's degree in physical oceanography from the University of Washington and a bachelor's in geophysics from Princeton University.