By Justin Farris

Inside Phosphorus: Meet Chihyu, Bioinformatics Associate!

Hey Chihyu, tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hey everyone! I’m from Taiwan and came to New York to study bioinformatics. After obtaining my Master’s degree at NYU, I started working for Phosphorus as an intern. Soon, I became a full-time employee on the R&D team working on next-generation sequencing pipeline optimization and NGS data visualization. Outside of Phosphorus, I enjoy playing basketball, getting outside, and walking around the various neighborhoods of New York.

What is your title at Phosphorus? What do you do for the company?

I am a Bioinformatics Associate, which means that I work on pipeline automation, research and clinical data analysis, and assay development.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

What I enjoy most about my job is that I get to use my knowledge to solve problems. Especially when I’m presented with large sets of data, what makes me excited is my ability to mine the data and generate an end result that will potentially be useful in solving complicated genetic and medical problems.

What have you learned from working at Phosphorus?

I’ve learned a lot from working at Phosphorus, particularly due to working with talented people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Specifically, I’ve learned a lot about sequencing technologies, product design and development, and the practical application of a variety of statistical techniques to large sets of genomic data.

What has been your favorite project so far?

My favorite project has been developing a tool for copy number detection using the Multiplex Ligation-dependent Probe Amplification (MLPA) method. Copy number variation plays an important role in human genetic diversity, as well as disease traits, and MLPA is a convenient technique for CNV detection over small genomic regions, particularly for clinical diagnostic laboratories. This project requires extensive knowledge ranging from probe design to data analysis algorithms. It’s been fun and challenging, and I’ve had the opportunity to apply more of my education while also learning new skills.

Do you have a personal mantra?

To me, each day is a new day. I think it doesn’t matter what you have already accomplished in life, there are always new challenges to be experienced. I look at each day as a new experience in my life.

Tell us something about you most people don’t know.

I’m a huge fan of the show Friends. I’ve watched the show countless times. When I arrived in New York, the first place I went was the apartment building where they supposedly live.

What is one thing you are looking forward to in your free time this next year?

I wish I could travel more, so my goal this next year is to either go to Europe or Africa.

Do you have any hobbies?

I really enjoy trying different varieties of food. Being in New York, this city provides a lot of options in terms of ethnic cuisines. So in my free time, I enjoy going out with friends and trying different restaurants.

Which ice cream flavor best describes you?

Mint chocolate chip!

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