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Wendy Phillips

Wendy Phillips


Senior Bioinformatician



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Introduction to Python

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Data Scientist Professional

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Champion of data ethics, navigating the fine line between insights and privacy.

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Sampling in Python


Course Notes: Machine Learning with Tree-Based Models in Python


Cleaning Data in Python

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Data Scientist Associate

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DataCamp Data Scientist Professional

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My Work Experience

Where I've interned and worked during my career.

Diversigen, Inc. | Oct 2020 - Present

Senior Bioinformatician

• Develop analytic pipelines for genomic and transcriptomic next generation sequencing (NGS) data, deploy in AWS environment • Evaluate and benchmark performance of bioinformatic analytic tools for integration in automated workflows, assessing metrics such as precision and recall • Select and apply appropriate machine learning algorithms to integrated clinical metadata and Illumina sequencing data to identify microbial biomarkers and develop disease predictive models • Develop R package of data analytic and visualization functions routinely used by internal teams, maintain package on GitLab, incorporate team member input to produce updated versions • Develop plans for, execute, summarize in reports, and present results of sophisticated statistical analyses performed in R of biological data for internal and external customers
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Elanco | May 2018 - May 2020

Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Computational Sciences

• Developed computational workflows for multi-threaded, linux-based analysis of sequencing data in a high-performance computing (HPC) environment • Leveraged R statistical software to identify genes differentially expressed in both host and parasite during infection process • Presented research results to audiences with wide ranging levels of technical knowledge • Wrote reports • Trained senior scientists in the use of basic bioinformatic analytic methods

USDA-ARS | Apr 2013 - Mar 2016

Postdoctoral Research Associate

• Managed short-term and long-term work priorities and personnel to successfully complete and publish five concurrent projects during a three year tenure • Wrote custom bash and python scripts to optimize efficiency and automate genomic and transcriptomic analysis in an HPC environment • Wrote custom R scripts to perform visualization and statistical analysis (such as linear regression, ANOVA, & cluster analysis) of research data

Oregon State University | Oct 2012 - Apr 2013

Postdoctoral Scholar

• Applied molecular laboratory methods and genomic sequence analysis to characterize evolutionary pressures on DNA • Efficiently completed a short-term project to produce a scientific publication

Oregon State University | Sep 2006 - Sep 2012

Ph.D. Student

• Generated sequencing libraries, developed diagnostic primer sets, and designed and executed qPCR assays for fungal genetic analysis • Performed variant detection and phylogenetic analysis of sequencing data using linux tools • Applied machine learning methods (e.g. classification, cluster analysis, network analysis) to characterize biological networks

Oregon State University | Jun 2010 - Jun 2012

Laboratory Instructor

• Instructed 9 sections of Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory classes each of approximately 24 students.

Oregon State University | Nov 1996 - Sep 2006

Faculty Research Assistant

• Designed and performed research projects using wide-ranging molecular (e.g. RNA extraction, PCR, qPCR, microarrays, RNAi, Sanger sequencing, cDNA libraries, Northern blots, immunoassays, etc.), bioinformatic, and statistical tools to identify genes critical to homeostasis of symbiosis • Trained new and visiting lab members (from high school students to university professors)in molecular methods • Maintained laboratory inventory, equipment maintenance, and purchasing records

University of Montana | Aug 1994 - Aug 1996

Faculty Research Assistant

Applied molecular methods (e.g. DNA extraction, primer design, PCR, sub- cloning, bacterial culture, Sanger sequencing, single-nucleotide polymorphism assays) to characterize genetic sequence differences in natural populations of plants and birds

University of California, Davis | Aug 1992 - Aug 1994

Faculty Research Assistant

Apply molecular methods (e.g. DNA extraction, PCR, Sanger sequencing, Southern blots, single-nucleotide polymorphism assays) in the study of evolutionary forces on genome evolution

My Education

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Ph.D. in Integrative BiologyOregon State University | 2012
B.A. in BiologyUniversity of Chicago | 1992

About Me

Wendy Phillips

There are so many stories to be found in data! I am passionate about digging in to uncover those stories and then share them with others. With several years as a data analyst in industry and a Ph.D. in Biology, I have the experience you need!

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