About Me

Hi, I’m Michael S. Chimenti.

I am a research scientist with 15+ years of broad experience in the fields of bioinformatics, genomics, computational chemistry, and structural biology.  I thrive on projects that combine computational, genomic, and experimental approaches to explore complex scientific questions.

I earned my Ph.D. in Biophysics from The Johns Hopkins University in 2009 with Bertrand Garcia-Moreno E.  I then moved to the West Coast and did a postdoc in the department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry at UCSF with Matt Jacobson and Mark Kelly from 2010-2015.

My educational journey has taken me to both coasts of the United States. Currently, I am very fortunate to have returned to the University of Iowa, my alma mater, more than a decade after I first graduated with a degree in biochemistry.  Now I work as a bioinformaticist, data scientist, and instructor in the Iowa Institute for Human Genetics.

This blog is about topics in the fields of bioinformatics, genomics, data science, and drug discovery that I find particularly interesting or helpful.  Here you might find posts about:

— Using various Python and R tools for scientific programming and data analysis

— Innovative new approaches in genomics/bioinformatics

— Ways to save time in your daily research tasks by taking advantage of automation and scripting

I live in Iowa City with my wife and children.   We enjoy visiting parks and splashpads, going out to eat, and visiting nearby family.   My hobbies include cycling, fishing, and jazz saxophone.

Please feel free to contact me through my University of Iowa email (publicly available through a google search).   You can try my LinkedIn but I do not check that profile often.

***Disclaimer: views and opinions expressed in this blog are my own, and do not necessarily represent those of the University of Iowa.  All rights are reserved, I am the sole copyright owner of the original material herein.***

4 Replies to “About Me”

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  2. Thank you for your informative and helpful blog. I was wondering whether you could explain how the grep “PASS” works on mutect2 vcf files that you recommend as part of the code for converting vcf files to Oncotator format. I am new to this area and thought that mutect 2 vcf files have a dot instead of PASS in their annotations. Is that correct?

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