As a Research Scientist in the Department of Biostatistics and the Training Director at the Core, Radhika's focus is on developing bioinformatics workshops and training modules of various lengths for the Harvard community through funding from HMS and (formerly from) the HNDC).
Her passion is to make genomics data and its analysis accessible to everyone. She has spent the last several years training wet lab biologists to independently perform bioinformatics analyses. She joined the core in Fall 2014 from the High-Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio) group at University of Illinois (UIUC) where she was involved in several research projects, and was in charge of the training program. Her background is in molecular biology, but she switched to computational work as a postdoctoral fellow when she started studying the impact of stress factors on the health of honey bees. Her sequence-based analysis repertoire includes metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, RNA-Seq, genome and transcriptome assembly, in species across the spectrum of life. Radhika has a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Dartmouth College.