Shane Sanders, Ph.D.

Manager, IT Applications

My work utilizes a combination of high-performance parallel and distributed computing resources, machine learning, and algorithm development and design to facilitate insight into biological questions.

Dr. Sanders leads the research cyberinfrastructure group within Research IT. His team is responsible for acquiring, optimizing, managing and maintaining the high-performance parallel and distributed computing systems, data storage systems, data science platforms, and other infrastructure capabilities needed to facilitate scientific innovation and discovery. Prior to JAX, Dr. Sanders coordinated and managed large-scale genomics and proteomics research projects involving multiple institutional collaborations for agricultural and non-model species. As part of this work, he developed workflow management pipelines and scientific applications to answer biological questions.

Dr. Sanders obtained his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 2011 from Mississippi State University, focusing on the application of machine learning and mapping algorithms to proteomics problems. He obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry and a B.S. in Computer Science in 2003, also from Mississippi State University. He is currently pursuing a second Ph.D. in Computer Science, focusing on the scalability of simulation and modeling of complex systems on high performance compute resources.

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Education and experience

Education:

2011: Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
2003: B.S., Biochemistry, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS
2003: B.S., Computer Science, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS

Experience:

2018 – Present: Manager, Research Cyberinfrastructure, The Jackson Laboratory, Farmington, CT
2016-2018: Systems Analyst, High Performance Computing, The Jackson Laboratory, Farmington, CT
2011-2016: Postdoctoral Associate, Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing, and Biotechnology, Mississippi State University, MS
2014-2015: Section Editor (Bioinformatics), Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics, Beijing Institute of Genomics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Genetics Society of China, Beijing, China
2007-2011: Graduate Research Assistant, Institute for Digital Biology, Mississippi State University, MS
2004-2006: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Mississippi State University, MS
2002-2003: Teaching Assistant, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Mississippi State University, MS
1998-1999: Computer and Network Technician, Computers Plus, Oxford, MS