Geraldine Van der Auwera

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Dr. Geraldine Van der Auwera is the Director of Outreach and Communications for the Data Sciences Platform (DSP) at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. As part of her outreach role, she serves as an educator and advocate for researchers who use DSP software and services including GATK, the Broad's industry-leading toolkit for variant discovery analysis; the Cromwell/WDL workflow management system; and, a cloud-based analysis platform that integrates computational resources, methods repository and data management in a user-friendly environment.

Originally trained as a microbiologist, Geraldine earned her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from the Universite catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and followed up with a 4-year postdoctoral stint at Harvard Medical School. She joined the Broad Institute in 2012 to become Benevolent Dictator For Life of the GATK user community, leaving behind the bench and pipette work forever.

Geraldine has 8+ years of experience training audiences ranging from novice to expert, typically on topics that combine biology, genomics and computational challenges. She is comfortable with a variety of formats including ad-hoc Q&A, panels, talks, multi-day workshops and hackathons, and is always looking to learn about new approaches to extend her range and adapt to new audiences.