Hello! I am Dan Koboldt, the author of MassGenomics. Here is some information about the blog and my background.
About the Blog
About the Author
Collaborations and Consulting
I started the Massgenomics blog in 2008 to write about next-generation sequencing and medical genomics in the post-genome era. My primary research interests are human genetics and cancer genomics, and the content of my blog reflects that. Most of my posts are in-depth reviews of recent research publications or editorials from my perspective working at at a large-scale sequencing center in the United States.
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The views expressed on this site, including blog posts and static pages, are my own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Institute of Genomic Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, or The Ohio State University.
I have a two financial relationships that you should know about. First, some of my links to 23andMe are affiliate links, meaning that I would earn a small commission for users who click through and purchase the personal genetic testing service. Second, a few of my pages host pay-per-click ads for Google. These help me defray the costs of hosting my site and domain name. In the unlikely event that the revenue from these exceeds my hosting costs, I will update this section.
Currently, I’m a principal investigator for the Institute of Genomic Medicine (IGM) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and research assistant professor of pediatrics at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. I work with scientists, clinicians, programmers, and data analysts to understand the genetic basis of inherited pediatric disorders through high-throughput exome and genome sequencing. Previously, I led the human genetics analysis group of the McDonnell Genome Institute at Washington University in St. Louis.
I have worked in the field of human genetics since 2003. That year, I joined the lab of Raymond E. Miller, which played a role in the International HapMap Project and later the genetic map of C. briggsae, a model organism related to C. elegans. For more information and a complete CV, see my research page.
In my free time, I write for some websites that are not related to science or genomics. These include:
- Get Your Baby to Sleep, a resource for sleep training aimed at parents whose baby won’t sleep.
- The Best of Twins, which chronicles my adventures in raising fraternal twin boys and their bossy sister.
- In Search of Whitetails where I write about my passion for bowhunting and the outdoors.
- Baby Preppers, which aims to get parents ready for their child’s birth and stages of development.
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I write for Massgenomics in my free time, with the benevolent tolerance of my employers. As mentioned in the disclaimer above, my opinions are my own. I’m not compensated by, nor do I have any financial interest in, any technology companies. That said, I’m happy to learn about your new book, sequencing technology, soon-to-be-published study, analysis tool, etc., with the understanding that I will attempt to be fair and unbiased if I do write about it, and that decision is up to me.
My expertise in next-generation sequencing as it applies to genetic and genomic research might be valuable to you as a writer (for publishers), collaborator (for non-profit institutions), or consultant (for commercial entities). See my research page for details on my background and publication history. Such partnerships are subject to my availability and interest, as well as the approval of my employer. Please send me an e-mail (dankoboldt [at] gmail) if you’d like to discuss it.