Samantha Mentch, PhD

Bioinformatics Analyst

Samantha joined the Genome Center in February 2017 as the first Bioinformatics Analyst on the team.  She graduated from Cornell University with her PhD in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology with a Genomics Minor.  Her previous work involved developing NGS and mass spectrometry protocols and integrating metabolomics and genomics data to understand how diet alters the epigenetic state of normal and cancer cells.  She has over 10 years of research experience on various projects and has spent the last 5 years optimizing and analyzing high throughput sequencing experiments and NGS data.  She is an expert in the end-to-end NGS process from DNA extraction to variant calling and annotation.  Her responsibilities include building, testing, optimizing, and validating the production bioinformatics pipelines, monitoring sample quality, experimental design and working with customers to ensure they receive the highest quality sequencing results for their needs.  Her ultimate goal is to generate the highest quality genetic data and enable precision medicine to become the future of patient care.