Alejandro A. Schäffer
Where were you born?
What school did you attend?
Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
What gained you interest in the NIH?
The laboratory of Dr. Francis Collins, then Director of the National Center of Human Genome Research used my FASTLINK software in a genetics project, which got me invited to give a seminar at NIH in 1994. At the time, I was also working on improving the MSA software of Dr. Stephen Altschul and Dr. David Lipman (NCBI/NLM). My visit went well and I applied for a job, which I got in 1995.
What kind of work do you do at the NIH?
I’m a Staff Scientist in Bioinformatics, with a focus on cancer genomics, biological sequence analysis, and medical genetics.