Meet Michael

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I started at Roche in Madison, Wisconsin in 2009 as a bioinformatics scientist and now manage a team of bioinformaticians in R&D. When I’m away from work I enjoy Madison’s many festivals, kayaking in local lakes and rivers, microcontroller programming, and vegetable gardening.

What is your current job?

I manage a group of R&D bioinformatics scientists. Our group is primarily involved in target enrichment product development but also collaborates with other teams in Roche.

Where did you study?

I received my undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University in computer science, math, and recombinant genetics. From there I went directly to the Bioinformatics MS/PhD program at Boston University. While in the program at BU, I spent some time at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and later completed my graduate research at The Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor, Maine.

In which Roche location are you currently working? What can you tell us about that location?

I’m at the Roche site in Madison, Wisconsin which is part of Roche Sequencing. The employees in Madison are smart, supportive of each other, and motivated to see the technologies they develop make a difference in medical research and its applications. The city of Madison is an interesting mix of mid-size, progressive urban living surrounded by rural areas which bring access to high quality local food and outdoor recreation.

How would you describe Roche as an employer?

Roche is a large, global employer with lots of career opportunities in the US and abroad. Roche’s interest and willingness to provide and pay for professional development training has helped me learn aspects of business, product development, and people management that I wasn’t exposed to during my scientific training.

What makes it such a great job?

I enjoy the diversity of tasks, people, and discussions that my job brings. I contribute to technical work, problem solving, and planning. I manage a high talent team and also participate on project teams. I speak with and collaborate with customers and Roche colleagues on some seriously interesting science.

What would you advise job seekers who want to join us?

Submit a brief but relevant cover letter and highlight your relevant experience to show you’re interested and an excellent candidate for the position.  Tell us what kind of work excites you and what aspect of the position really grabs your interest. Above all, be yourself.

Roche Sequencing is an exciting, fast-growing area of our business and there are lots of opportunities to make a significant contribution which has real impact at Roche and the future of medicine.

How is your job connected to “doing now what patients need next”?

Personalized medical care of the future is being advanced by research in genomics today, both in inherited disease and cancer. Target enrichment sequencing technologies are playing a big role in this research, since they allow researchers to focus their sequencing costs on areas with known disease associations or genomic regions of active research. I enjoy seeing how Roche scientists and customers apply our target enrichment technologies to both push forward medical knowledge and help individuals.

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