Dr. Jongeneel was trained as a biologist at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in Microbiology and Immunology. He went on to do post-doctoral work in molecular virology with Bruce Alberts at the University of California, San Francisco, and with Bernhard Hirt at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research. From 1986 to 1997, he was a group leader at the Lausanne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, working on the genetics and regulation of the tumor necrosis factor locus. From 1998 to 2006 he was the Director of the Office of Information Technology of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, and from 2003 to 2007 of the Vital-IT high-performance computing facility of the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics. He is one of the founding members of the SIB, and was its first director. From 2007 to 2009 he was Vice-President for Research at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia. He came to the University of Illinois in March 2010; he has a dual appointment at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Institute for Genomic Biology, and is an Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering.
Dr. Jongeneel does applied R&D, focusing on applying techniques from high-performance computing to problems in computational biology. His current interests include the analysis of somatic alterations of the genome (mutations, focal amplifications and hemizygous or homozygous deletions) that occur in cancer cells, and the evolution of cancer-testis genes.
Genomics, somatic mutations, cancer-testis genes, bioinformatics
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