Sunit Jain

About Me

I am a Bioinformatics Scientist, Data Engineer and explorer of complex systems with over 10 years of experience, 4 patents, more than 15 publications - with a combined citation count over 800. I wrangle multi-omic NGS data from complex microbial communities to discover novel therapeutics for human and plant health.

I'm always looking for new opportunities. If you have ideas/questions that you think I can help you with, please feel free to reach out through the form here.

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub (2019 - Present)

At the Biohub, as part of the 'Microbiome Initiative', I am responsible for developing the pipeline infrastructure needed by most of my collaborators at Stanford, UCSF and UC Berkeley. Due to the nature of the role and the organization, I have been fortunate enough to be involved in a range of high impact projects by extremely talented scientists and engineers.

Second Genome, Inc. (2016 - 2019)

As the DataOps Group Lead, I was responsible for managing a team of very talented Bioinformatics developers and cloud admin. Together we developed and standardized a number of pipelines and databases for use throughout the company. We also ensured that the data was always secure and cloud bill were under control.

As a Bioinformatics Scientist and usually the embedded bioinformatician in a number of therapeutic areas, like IBD, Diabetes and Immuno-oncology, I gained invaluable expertise in working alongside various subject matter experts. I was able to develop several bioinformatic solutions and novel algorithms that directly lead to numerous drug candidates and 3 provisional patents. I am extremely proud and fortunate to have been able to work with such talented and visionary set of colleagues.

As a Bioinformatics Specialist at the Michigan Geomicrobiology Lab, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, for 6 years, I gained extensive expertise in analyzing Metagenomics and Metatranscriptomic data which resulted in a number of papers and a patent related to the anti-cancer drug ET-743 (Yolendis® or trabectedin).

Education

I graduated with a Bachelor's (B.Tech, 2008) from Amity University (Noida, India) and later a Master's degree (MS, 2011) in Bioinformatics from University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, USA).

Projects

I have worked on projects from multiple environments. A small sampling of the diversity is listed here:

  • 'Analyzing meta-omic data for novel organisms with the goal of finding new drug candidates for infectious diseases and cancers'

  • 'Meta-omic study of the Mid-Cayman Rise hydrothermal vent systems, some of the deepest in the world'

  • 'Studying novel nitrite oxidizers in the deep sea'

  • 'Studying airborne bacteria in earth's lower stratosphere and troposphere with NASA'

  • and many more.

You can also find an updated list of my publications, here.