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Dr Augusto Rendon

Chief Bioinformatician

Augusto leads our 70+ bioinformaticians and data scientists at Genomics England. He has a decade of experience growing and leading bioinformatics teams and overseeing the delivery of bioinformatics and genome analysis for population scale whole genome sequencing initiatives (specifically, the NIHR Bioresource for Rare Diseases, Genomics England's 100,000 Genomes Project, and the whole genome component of England's Genomic Medicine Service). He also enjoys sharing lessons and experiences with similar international initiatives (including Australia, Canada, Germany, and Denmark).

Augusto is a physicist by background. He did his PhD at the University of Toronto in Medical Biophysics. He then moved to do post-doctoral work in Prof. Willem Ouwehand laboratory at the University of Cambridge. There, he used statistical genomics approaches to elucidate the mechanisms of blood formation and platelet function in humans, working with a variety experimental techniques including functional genomics assays, epigenomics, RNAseq and DNAseq.

A cross between a scientist and an engineer, Augusto divides his time between mentoring his team, infusing bioinformatics and data science across everything that Genomics England does, and spending time with his family.

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