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Seemann, Torsten (Victorian Bioinformatics Consortium)

I'm the Scientific Director of the Victorian Bioinformatics Consortium (VBC) at Monash University. That sounds fancy, but it just means I spend more time in meetings and admin than I used to, but I still get to play. The VBC now has 5 staff, and we all work half for Monash, and half for the Life Sciences Computation Centre in Parkville. Our speciality is NGS, genomics, transcriptomics, de novo assembly and annotation, and we tend to work on non model organisms, particularly bacteria and parasites. Our skills cover Perl, Python, Haskell, Ruby, R, C, JScript and we like to create tools that work reliably.