Research Interests and Accomplishments
Timothy B. Stockwell is an Assistant Professor and the Informatics Coordinator for the Viral Genomics Group at the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI). Mr. Stockwell leads informatics efforts in the area of viral genomics that have enabled JCVI to sequence and submit over 2000 H1N1pdm samples to GenBank since the pandemic outbreak in 2009, by improving the primer design, closure, and LIMS components of the system. Mr. Stockwell led the effort to integrate next-generation sequencing technologies into JCVI's viral genomics project portfolio to improve the speed of analyzing the genomes of viruses that are too variable to allow for efficient PCR primer design. He is currently leading the informatics and lab automation portions of a project to synthesize and make available to the research community 1000 HA and 1000 NA molecules from Influenza A and Influenza B. These molecules span protein diversity, coming from the four currently circulating human flu subtypes, as well as four swine flu subtypes and four avian flu subtypes that have pandemic potential.
Mr. Stockwell has a broad background in computer hardware and software systems engineering, bioinformatics, and molecular biology, and has worked on numerous projects requiring software to adhere to stringent standards in the areas of safety, security, accuracy, and efficiency. From 1998-2002, as Senior Manager and later Director of Software Engineering at Celera Genomics, Mr. Stockwell managed the development and deployment of computational pipelines supporting mammalian transcriptome sequence analysis used for downstream annotation of whole genomes, as well as contract sequencing of bacterial and fungal genomes. After 9/11/2001, he led the development of software to automatically determine mitochondrial DNA profiles for family references, recovered human remains, and personal effects of victims of the World Trade Center attack, requiring levels of accuracy, security, and efficiency that were acceptable to the forensic and law enforcement communities.
From 1988-1998, in his roles at The MITRE Corporation, Mr. Stockwell was responsible for systems engineering of multiple air traffic control automation systems, with significant focus on safety, security, and efficiency of software and algorithms.
Mr. Stockwell earned a B.S. degree in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.