Research Interests and Accomplishments
Dr. Seth Schobel is a Senior Bioinformatics Engineer in the Viral Genomics Group at JCVI. His interests include viral evolution, virus-host interaction, and high-throughput computational techniques. During his time at the institute Dr. Schobel has worked on a wide array of projects. Most recurrently Seth has been involved in evolutionary and antigenic analyses of influenza virus and evolutionary analyses of respiratory syncytial virus. He was also involved in developing the viral genome sequence and annotation database as well as engineering an annotation and data delivery pipeline for viral genomes. He has also been involved in data management and data delivery efforts for tens of eukaryotic, hundreds of prokaryotic and thousands of viral genomes.
Dr. Schobel was hired by the institute in 2001 and initially worked as a closure specialist on the Tyrpanosoma brucei and cruzi genome projects. After working for several years in the closure department he transitioned to the informatics department and later the viral genomics group. In 2009 he received his MS in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University. In August of 2015 Dr. Schobel received his PhD in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics and Genomics from the University of Maryland, College Park under the direction of Dr. Michael Cummings from UMD and Dr. John Glass of JCVI with direct supervision from Tim Stockwell.
Prior to joining the institute Dr. Schobel completed a BS in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics from the University of Maryland, while working as a Laboratory Technician at the USDA. At the USDA he worked on transformations of sugar beets and other plant species to improve pest resistance.