Shurjo K. Sen
Division of Genome Sciences
National Institute of Health
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).