Surrounded by geniuses- part 5 : Toby

Toby and friends

Unlike the other PhD in Friends, the Su lab’s friendly, pro-linux, sitcom-perfect genius is actually an expert in his field of study.

Big Bang Theory with Toby

In theory Toby would fit right in with the rest of the Big Bang Theory group

When seeing how well the friendly, pro-linux, sitcom-perfect genius would fit on a television show, it’s easy to think that this descriptor does him some measure of justice…well, in theory anyway.

Unfortunately, it does not.

Is he friendly? Yes! Does he favor linux? Yes! Does he look like he could be a character in a very popular sitcom or TV series? You decide! Is that all? Heck no!

The truth is out there!

The truth is out there!

In truth, there is much more to Dr. Tobias Meissner than meets the eye. Toby is a bona fide bioinformatician with experience in gene expression profiling for the purposes of developing personalized medical prognoses and treatment strategies in multiple myeloma patients. Fluent in both German and English, the friendly, pro-linux, sitcom-perfect genius has a knack for language acquisition–especially programming languages! As a testament to his genius, Toby can code in R, C/C++, Java, Perl, Python, and SQL. He also has a working knowledge of PLINK and is fairly handy with a number of next-gen sequencing tools such as BWA, GATK, STAR, DESeq, and ANNOVAR. Make no mistake, though, friendly, pro-linux, sitcom-perfect genius is not just another genius programmer, he is a bioinformatician…which is like a super-charged genius programmer spanning multiple disciplines. Toby’s expertise with analyzing next-gen sequencing data; mRNA and miRNA profiling data; and GWAS and eQTL data makes him an ideal researcher for the Su Lab.

Now what exactly has friendly, pro-linux, sitcom-perfect genius been working on since he was recruited by the genius-in-charge with insane mental organizational skills?

Many things. Like many of the other geniuses in the Su Lab, friendly, pro-linux, sitcom-perfect genius, works on multiple projects which help to drive personalized cancer diagnostics forward such as: the Omics Pipe and OncoRep. Toby also works on analyzing metatranscriptomics data and gene markers associated with quantitative transcriptional levels of multiple myeloma transcripts. If that isn’t mind-blowing enough, friendly, pro-linux, sitcom-perfect genius has an impressive publication record of over twelve publications in academic journals and more than 300 citations to his published work, considering the fact that it has only been three years since he completed his PhD. At this rate, one can’t help but to expect great things out of the friendly, pro-linux, sitcom-perfect genius.

Unlike the other scrubs, Dr. Toby has been working on advancing the application of medical genomics

Unlike the other scrubs, Dr. Toby has been working on advancing the application of medical genomics


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