Vatsal Mehra

Bioinformatician and Software Developer

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Bioinformatician and a Software Developer with over 7 years of experience specializing in NGS pipelines, web development and data visualization. Skilled at delivering interactive tools for researchers, that provide novel insights in healthcare sector and biomedical sciences. Adept at learning new technologies autodidactically and flexible with different tech stacks. Loves writing and podcasting.


Work Experience

Bioinformatician

Marquette University | Dec 2019 - Jan 2021

As the solo developer for a lab trying to cure spinal cord injury, I designed and developed multiple bioinformatics piplines and web tools that provide novel insights in genetic and epigenetic regulation behind axon growth.

  • Developed bioinformatics pipelines that discovered novel transcription factor combinations regulating axon growth.
  • Created a web tool that allows scientists to visualize ATAC-Seq, RNA-seq and Histone Chip-Seq datasets across different time points in development of mice.
  • Developed a website that visualizes and quantifies supra spinal neurons with projections to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar segments.

Programmer Analyst

Medical College of Wisconsin | April 2018 - July 2018

Developed a tool for the Rat Genome database that provides a unique way to seamlessly visualize and perform set operations on lists of genes.

    Bioinformatics Support Analyst

    Blood Center of Wisconsin | Oct 2016 - March 2018

    • Developed web-based tools using the Flask framework, that automate and simplify the Bioinformatics workflow of Molecular Diagnostics Lab
    • Human clinical genomics - Monitored NGS workflow, develop variant calling and variant annotation pipelines
    • Designed and created an interactive web tool VIRAS, that provides a graphical view to analyze nucleotide mismatches between patients 10.1016/j.bbmt.2018.12.006
    • Developed data visualization tools using d3.js to help investigators analyze NGS workflow and patient report data

    Consultant Bioinformatician

    Marquette Univeristy | May 2016 - Oct 2016

    Developed custom shell scripts that automate RNA-Seq, and ChIP-Seq workflows

      Research Assistant

      Marqutte University | Aug 2015 - May 2016

      Designed & developed SNPredict, a tool that predicts rare somatic variants using multiple machine learning training algorithms like kNN & LinearSVC

        Software Enginner

        Tech Mahindra, India | Aug 2010 - Nov 2013

        Lead production support duties. Designed, coded and maintained Bash shell scripts to automate tasks for checking and updating status of AT&T servers.

          Projects

          Interactive visualizations to gain novel insights from time series NGS experiments on murine whole cortex

          3d visualization and quantification of supra spinal neurons with projections to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar segments.

          Cerebral podcast

          Open Source

          A podcast that discusses human biases to better understand and improve human thinking/decision making

          Publications

          Other Academic Interests

          Educational Psychology, Learning Theory, Evolutionary Biology, Cognitive Science, Heuristics and Biases