Alisa Jackson, Moderator, Beckman Coulter, Inc. Zach Smith, MS, Project Scientist, The Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, Indiana University Mary Blair, Senior Application Scientist,Biography
Zach Smith serves as the next generation sequencing and laboratory automation specialist at the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics at Indiana University, Bloomington. His duties include the construction of sequencing libraries for Illumina and Roche 454 sequencing platforms as well as the development of new automation protocols for NGS and genomics research. Mary Blair helps scientists address their automated sample preparation challenges. Mary is responsible for internal development of automated methods for popular Genomic sample preparation kits and protocols on Beckman Coulter's Biomek liquid handling platforms. These fully supported Biomek sample preparation methods are for popular applications such as NGS and qPCR. Fully implemented they yield consistent, quality samples at an increased throughput with decreased labor. Dave Delano manages products in Illumina's gene expression and regulation portfolio including RNA-seq, ChIP-Seq, and methylation applications.