Lead Bioinformatics Scientist, Personalis, Inc.Biography
Elena Helman joined Personalis, Inc. in January 2014 as a Bioinformatics Scientist, Technical Lead where she has been instrumental in leading the development of the cancer DNA products and pipeline. This includes designing and implementing a somatic analysis pipeline for cancer exome and targeted gene panel sequencing, including small variant and copy-number calling, variant annotation and reporting. Elena received her PhD in Bioinformatics and Integrative Genomics from Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). For her graduate work in Matthew Meyerson's Lab at the Broad Institute and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, she developed a novel tool to identify somatic retrotransposon insertions using whole-genome and whole-exome next-generation sequencing data from hundreds of tumor samples across The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA).