Dr. Sen joined the National Human Genome Research Institute's Extramural Research
Program as a program director in 2019. He manages a portfolio of grants focused upon
genomic data sciences, and is particularly interested in transitioning genomics from
a centralized data repository model to cloud-based collaborative science. Apart from
genomic data science, Dr. Sen’s grant portfolio also includes genomic technology development,
including computational technologies. Dr. Sen also has an interest in training initiatives
at NHGRI that aim to create an expanded and diverse bioinformatics workforce for managing
the massive data volumes being produced in genomics.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Sen worked at NHGRI’s Intramural Research Program
studying transcriptome changes in coronary artery disease, which was recognized through
the C.W. Cotterman Award from the American Society of Human Genetics in 2014. Between
2016-2019, he served as the co-director of NCI’s Microbiome and Genetics Core Laboratory,
where he developed and implemented an array of robotics-based microbiome sequencing
methods and corresponding analysis software to help identify bacterial and fungal
community changes associated with human disease.
He received his B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. degrees in zoology (in 2001 and 2003, respectively)
from the University of Calcutta, his Ph.D. in biological sciences from Louisiana State
University (in 2008) and completed postdoctoral training at NHGRI (2008-2013).