My name is Chris Villalta, I currently reside in the San Francisco Bay Area with my wife, daughter, 2 cats, and leopard gecko. I have a Ph.D. in Microbiology from UC Berkeley and an extensive Bioinformtics background. At UC Berkeley I studied gene expression in the model fungus Neurospora in the Taylor Lab. I had a lot of fun there, its where I learned a lot about fungi, and how to program in Perl, Python, and R. I am currently an ISIS/STRIDE Fellow at UCSF and work on the BSL3 fungal pathogen Histoplasma capsulatum in Anita Sil’s lab.
In 2015 I went to work as a Bioinformatics Scientist in the Assay Development group (R&D) where I was in charge of ensuring R&D sequencing runs made it from the sequencer to our cluster and was analyzed by our internal sequence processing pipeline. I also did any downstream analysis tasks, such as graphing picard metrics, finding the coverage of specific targeted regions, and concordance between replicates. I played a role in the testing of new assays, new reagents, and new protocols. This involved either making small analysis pipelines or working within the production pipeline to pull in the data for hundreds of samples at one time.
I was involved in preparing the HiSeq 4000s for production and involved in the analyses and validation of new assays, instruments, and reagents for production. In addition to analysis tasks I familiarized myself with the LIMS interface and felt comfortable querying LIMS using python and modifying LIMS information in python when needed by the Assay Development team.
I enjoyed interacting and learning from software engineers and biologists. It was a good transition point from Academia to Industry. I was proud of my work at Invitae and what I contributed to the company.Follow @cfvillalta
As of Oct. 2016 I am currently actively searching for new employment. I am interested in a position where I can work in the wet lab and use my Bioinformatics skills. Please contact me using the form below if you have any advice or information on finding new employment.