Chris Dwan is an independent consultant, technologist, and leader in scientific computing and data architecture for the life sciences. He works with universities, research institutes, biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and the government.
From 2014 to 2017 Dwan directed the research computing team at the Broad Institute. He was instrumental in the development of Broad’s program in data sciences, as well as its transition from on-premise to a hybrid cloud infrastructure. He served as Acting Director for all of Broad IT during the yearlong search for a new CIO.
Chris was the first technologist at the New York Genome Center, from its inception in 2011 through 2014. He architected, designed, and built all of the computing, data storage, and network infrastructure for NYGC, including substantial renovations to its Manhattan headquarters. In this role he reported to the executive director and presented regularly to the board of directors.
Chris was the first full time employee of the Boston based consulting firm, BioTeam. Between 2004 and 2011 he designed and deployed solutions for hundreds of customers, who were at all stages of adopting and leveraging technology for genomic science. By the end of his tenure, he was also managing the entire consulting team and serving on the Board of Directors for the company.
Chris’s academic background is in computer science, with a specialization in machine learning / artificial intelligence.