The first human genome took 3 billion dollars, 20 institutions, and 13 years to sequence; today, 10’s to 100’s of thousands of human genomes are sequenced annually for about $1,000 a piece. The price of sequencing has dropped 1,000 times faster than Moore’s Law, creating a deluge of genomic information and enabling personalized, genomic medicine to become a reality. Cancer treatment and the diagnosis of rare diseases are being transformed by affordable sequencing technology. In all cases, each genome must be sequenced, mapped, analyzed, and interpreted - each step presenting interesting and challenging informatics problems.
Gordon Bean graduated with a B.S. in Bioinformatics from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology from the University of California - San Diego. Shortly before graduating from UCSD, he began working as a Bioinformatics Scientist for Illumina, the world's leading producer of DNA sequencing instruments. Gordon lives in San Diego with his wife and two children.