Director of the BD2K Center for Big Data in Translational Genomics; Director of Comparative Genomics at the UCSC Genomics Institute.
Dr. Paten has a PhD in computational biology from the University of Cambridge under Dr Ewan Birney. Originally trained as a neuroscientist, his work bridges computer science and genome biology. Since joining UCSC he has mentored undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, and developed and taught courses for both graduates and undergraduates. As director of BD2K Center for Big Data in Translational Genomics, he is developing a research program aimed at tackling the most challenging questions in computational genomics. These include broad questions of distributed computation, data sharing, provenance and software portability as applied to omics, as well as domain specific questions, such as how to build a comprehensive map of human variation and integrate to improve standard tasks in genomics, like sample imputation.
Professor, Biomolecular Engineering.
Dr. Akeson regularly teaches courses in Bioethics, Mechanics of Biomolecules, and Senior Design in Bioengineering. He is also a member of the curriculum committee for the Department of Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics