February 2019

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Chen Group Newsletter | February 2019

Welcome to the February 2019 edition of the Chen Group Newsletter. This newsletter is where you can find the most relevant team and Center-wide updates, news, and highlights. 

Upcoming Events | Recent & Upcoming Presentations | Publications | Team Updates | Center Updates

Author: Kira Mori

Upcoming Events 

February 4th, 2019 Kira Mori presenting on Chen Group Role in Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance

February 25th, 2019 Farewell Elly:(

February 27th, 2019 Bias and Limitations in Digital Devices for Health


We are in the process of scheduling presenters for Q1 & start of Q2 of 2019 and are interested in hearing about both the big picture ideas in infectious disease biostatistics, bioinformatics, and epidemiology methods, as well as hands-on/technical details about your feild of expertise. If you are interested in presenting at one of our team meetings or seminars please contact the group’s project manager, Kira Mori. 

Saying farewell to Elly

Recent & Upcoming Conference Presentations 

Kira Mori:  Adolescent HIV Prevention and Treatment Implementation Science Alliance Forum in Kampala, Uganda, February 6th- 8th

Center Updates

Who is The Coop?

The Coop is a cooperative that includes all groups and individuals at Fred Hutch interested in bioinformatics and data science. The problems we are trying to solve include duplication of effort, wasted resources including time and money, lack of shared knowledge and best practices, and lost collaboration opportunities.

The Coop Goals

  • Increase communication and share knowledge and expertise across the many efforts already happening
  • Provide a single point of contact for faculty and staff, external collaborators and internal researchers to engage in data-intensive research and analysis
  • Unite the Bioinformatics and Data Science Groups at Fred Hutch


Relevant Groups

Bioinformatics and Data Science Groups at Fred Hutch

One of The Coop's goals is to unite the the Bioinformatics and Data Science Groups at Fred Hutch. The list below is a work in progress. Please email us if you have additions, edits, or concerns.

Fred Hutch Bioinformatics Interest Group (FHBig)

The Fred Hutch Bioinformatics Interest Group (FHBig) was created by staff who perform hands-on bioinformatics and data analysis at the Fred Hutch or are interested in learning. The purpose of this group is to exchange knowledge, support each other and improve collaboration and innovation across different groups at the Hutch.

Contact: Join the FHBig Slack workspace


Biomedical Data Science Wiki Project

The Biomedical Data Science Wiki Project supports communication of Fred Hutch data science resources by engaging researchers and staff to collaboratively curate documentation about data management tools.

Contact: Amy Pagurigan



fredhutch.io is an initiative to facilitate education about and promote access to computational resources at Fred Hutch

Contact: Kate Hertweck


Bioinformatics - Shared Resources

The Bioinformatics Shared Resource is staffed by three dedicated bioinformatics specialists available to assist researchers with processing, exploring, and understanding genomics data.

Contact: bioinformatics@fredhutch.org


Public Health Sciences (PHS) Herbold Computational Biology Program

The Herbold Computational Biology Program at Fred Hutch was established to bring a new generation of biological researchers to the Hutch whose training in biology is accompanied by advanced training in quantitative sciences, including physics, statistics, mathematics and computer science.

Contact: Melissa Alvendia


Scientific Computing (SciComp)

The Scientific Computing (SciComp) team supports Fred Hutch's science teams by providing support, training and consulting for high-performance computing, scientific software support, cloud computing(AWS, Azure), Unix database services, scientific data management and Linux desktop support.

Contact: Help Desk


Hutch Data Commonwealth (HDC)

The Fred Hutch Data Commonwealth (HDC) is a transformative initiative aimed at enabling investigators to leverage all possible data to eliminate disease by driving the development of data infrastructure and data science capabilities through collaborative research and robust engineering.

Contact: Carly Strasser



The Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention (SCHARP) at Fred Hutch provides statistical support and data management to researchers worldwide in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The SCHARP group consists of approximately 120 staff collectively that are skilled in clinical and lab data management, programming, statistics, IT data systems, quality assurance and project management.

Contact: Jennifer Adams, Administrative Manager

Seattle Translational Tumor Research (STTR)

Seattle Translational Tumor Research (STTR) bring together experts across more than fifteen blood, lymphatic and solid tumors – bladder, brain, breast, colorectal, head & neck, leukemia, lymphoma, lung, myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative disease, myeloma, ovary, pancreas, prostate and sarcoma.

Contact: Rachel Galbraith


Genomics - Shared Resources

The Scientific Computing (SciComp) team supports Fred Hutch's science teams by providing support, training and consulting for high-performance computing, scientific software support, cloud computing(AWS, Azure), Unix database services, scientific data management and Linux desktop support.

Contact: genomics@fredhutch.org


Clinical Research Division (CRD) Clinical Biostatistics

Faculty and staff in the Clinical Biostatistics group perform methodological and collaborative biostatistical research. The collaborative work takes place with investigators within the Clinical Research Division (CRD) at Fred Hutch as well as with other investigators within the Fred Hutch/ UW Cancer Consortium

Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division (VIDD) Biostatistics

The faculty who specialize in biostatistics research aim to: 1) conduct research in statistical methodology for the design and analysis of clinical, epidemiological and basic science studies; and 2) conduct research into biologically based mathematical models for pathogenesis. 

Computational Biology Postdoc & Graduate Student Group

The Comp Bio Postdoc and Grad Student Group is self-governed and designed to facilitate collaboration and community amongst postdocs and graduate students at the Hutch that have an interest in Computational Biology.  The bimonthly meeting gives postdocs and graduate students a great opportunity to practice an upcoming talk, go over personal or lab research, discuss new technology that is being used in lab or field, discuss a journal or research question, or come up with a social activity.

Contact: Samantha Distel


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is currently enrolling girls in grades 10 through 12. The Hutch club will meet throughout the academic year every Tuesday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. We encourage all interested in learning basic programming skills and building awesome creative projects to apply

Contact: Sarah Hilton