Contact Info

Phone: 256-327-5213
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806

Jeremy Schmutz

Whole genome sequencing and assembly, population genomics

Jeremy Schmutz joined the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in 2008 as a faculty investigator. He leads the Informatics and Production Sequencing Groups at the Genome Sequencing Center, which he co-directs with Jane Grimwood. Schmutz graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., in three years with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Biology. While in college, he worked on DNA sequencing technology at Argonne National Laboratory. That experience led to his first research position developing parallel sequencing systems at a small Silicon Valley startup company. In 1996, Schmutz joined the newly formed Sequencing Group at the Stanford Human Genome Center to develop the computational infrastructure necessary for large scale DNA sequencing. Schmutz and his group finished and assembled the human sequence of chromosomes 5, 16 and 19 for the public Human Genome Project. He also led the quality assessment of the human genome sequence that evaluated the accuracy and completeness of the final human genome sequence.

  • Education

    1995 BS Computer Science, North Central College, Naperville, IL

    1995 BA Biology, North Central College, Naperville, IL

  • Academic and Administrative Appointments

    2011-present Plant Program Leader, Department of Energy, Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, Calif.

    2008-present Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Ala.

    2000-2008 Senior Scientist, Informatics/Sequencing Group Lead, Stanford Human Genome Center, Stanford University School of Medicine

    1998-2000 Principal Senior Systems Engineer, Stanford Human Genome Center, Stanford University School of Medicine

    1996-1998 Senior Systems Engineer, Stanford Human Genome Center, Stanford University School of Medicine

    1994-1996 Senior Software Engineer, Hyseq Inc, Sunnyvale, Calif.

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