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Meeta Mistry is a Research Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her training began in Biochemistry, however postgraduate interests in computational approaches fostered the transition to Bioinformatics. During her graduate career she has pursued various areas of research including the identification of bacterial drug targets, implementing metrics for functional similarity, and cancer proteomics. Her expertise includes complex statistical analysis of large-scale datasets pertaining to postmortem human brain, meta-analysis and genomics of neuropsychiatry. She also has a passion for teaching bioinformatics with experience at the high school, graduate and postgraduate level. Her current role involves both bioinformatics consulting and training efforts. Meeta has a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of British Columbia.

Mary Piper is a Research Associate Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics. She serves dual roles as research consultant and bioinformatics trainer, but her primary role is the development and instruction of bioinformatics workshops focused on the analysis of next-generation sequencing data. Her background in scientific curriculum design and instruction began at the University of Michigan, where she taught undergraduates for over five years while completing her PhD in cellular and molecular biology and her MPH in epidemiology. She combined her passions for scientific research and teaching at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as the genomics instructor for MIT’s Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science program where her course focused on cutting-edge biomedical research and bioinformatics analysis. Her exposure to the research at the Broad Institute, MIT, and Harvard, led to her desire to pursue bioinformatics as a career and to share that knowledge with the community.