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Maura Costello


Costello M, Pugh TJ, Fennell TJ, et al. Discovery and characterization of artifactual mutations in deep coverage targeted capture sequencing data due to oxidative DNA damage during sample preparation. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013;41(6):e67.

Ross MG, Russ C, Costello M, et al. Characterizing and measuring bias in sequence data. Genome Biol. 2013;14:R51.

Gnerre S, MacCallum I, Przybylski D, et al. High-quality draft assemblies of mammalian genomes from massively parallel sequence data. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2011;108(4):1513-1518.

Maura Costello, M.S.

Maura Costello is a principal scientist, exploratory R&D of the Genomics Platform of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, working under the direction of Niall Lennon. Her duties focus on bringing in new technologies or modifying current processes to improve data quality, save costs, and cut down on turnaround time. She works closely with corporate technology partners to obtain early access to new genomics technologies as well as bring into the Genomics Platform new methods developed in other labs at the Broad Institute. Costello’s goal is to determine where the platform’s genomics technologies should be not just in the short term but two to five years from now.

Costello was awarded the 2013 Broad Excellence Award for Science/Engineering and completed the Six Sigma Black Belt online course in 2011.

Prior to joining the Broad Institute in 2006, Costello worked as a development scientist for the Bode Technology Group and served as a research assistant at the Joslin Diabetes Center. While obtaining her M.S. in forensic biology from George Washington University, she undertook an internship with the Forensic Science Division of NCIS. She also holds a B.S. in biology from MIT.

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May 2017