Tommy Carstensen

Senior Bioinformatician


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Tommy is a senior bioinformatician and PhD student in the Sandhu Group. He primarily works with human genetics in an African context using whole genome sequence data from thousands of individuals.

I am a senior bioinformatician in the Sandhu Group and currently work with human genetics in an African context. I am also a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, supervised by Dr Manj Sandhu.

Currently my main activity involves the creation of a haplotype reference panel specific to the African continent; i.e. the African Diversity Reference Panel. Prior to this I was involved in the African Genome Variation Project led by Dr Deepti Gurdasani and Dr Manj Sandhu. One of my contributions to this project was writing the program RagTagger, which is scalable for selection of tag SNP across the genome. I am interested in the creation of resources to the scientific community such as reference panels and SNP arrays specific to the African content. I am continually interested in and excited by the field of human genetics and its capacity to make positive contributions to human health.

I have been programming for more than 10 years and I enjoy optimising existing methods and coming up with new approaches and methods for efficiently handling and analysing whole genome sequence data. I mostly write my code in Python. I have a broad range of experience in diverse fields including computational and experimental ligand binding site prediction, pKa value predictions, x-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, protein dynamics and other structural bioinformatics projects. I have a background in wet lab biochemistry from the University of Copenhagen and prior to joining the Sandhu Group I operated my own data mining company and had three S&P500 companies as clients.

In my spare time I enjoy creating LEGO projects with a programming, mathematical and life sciences element to them.


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