About the Author

About the Author

Larry Du

I am currently a Senior Machine Learning Platform Engineer at Freenome where I work on building tools to help detect cancer. Previously, I was a data scientist on the ancestry team and later a Machine Learning Engineer on the Health Machine Learning team at 23andMe where I developed Recent Ancestor Locations and a good deal of the feature engineering pipeline for Polygenic Risk Score algorithms. Previously I have worked as a Bioinformatician at Scripps Research and as a Machine Learning Consultant at Juno Diagnostics. For my Ph.D research, I studied transcriptional gene regulation in C. elegans and my day job involves applying large scale computing to solving problems in genetics!

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On the side, I enjoy painting (i.e.: the portrait you see above), hiking, and I do some gamedev as a hobby. I’ve been working on a solodev VR starfighter project Rogue Stargun since 2020.

Note: This blog may be somewhat biased towards my hobby projects like gamedev, learning new programming languages, etc. I promise to add more posts on biotechnology and machine learning in the future!

Disclaimer: This blog does not reflect the views of any of the organizations I am affiliated with.

Formal Education

UC San Diego

Ph.D Biology • 2010 - 2017 • Studied transcriptional regulation in C. Elegans

Cornell University

B.A. Biological Sciences Genetics and Development, Magna Cum Laude • 2006 - 2010 • Hughes Scholar Program

Work Experience

  • Freenome
  • 23andMe
  • Scripps Research
  • Juno Diagnostics