Dr. Mi-Youn Brusniak
Bioinformatics Data Scientist
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Professional Member since 2012
“AWIS national and local networks provide ample opportunities to connect and work with creative and driven girls and women who are very interested in solving challenging problems through STEM research.”
What is the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
Communicating vision with the team regularly. Mission or vision statements can draw different pictures in individual minds, thus periodically communicating these statements with different perspectives can often bring clearer and more unified understanding.
What do you consider to be your most important career achievement or milestone?
Publications with teams are great milestones. Since I have been involved in projects with several international institutions and collaborated between academia and industry, it has been a great achievement to work together for common goals, to publish papers, to report findings, and to disseminate methods (e.g., open source software, etc.).
What challenges did you overcome to accomplish your career achievement or milestone?
English is not my native language. Thus, it has been an emotional hurdle to start writing, but I’ve overcome it through shared enthusiasm and teamwork.
What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why? What obstacles will you overcome?
Precision medicine with the democratization of health care through biotechnologies and informational technologies will help more people access faster and more accurate diagnoses and improved treatment quality. More collaboration among scientists, patients, physicians and entrepreneurs is required to accelerate the cause.
Describe an amazing opportunity in your STEM career.
I have worked with amazing, knowledgeable people in various subjects including nuclear physicists, software engineers, chemists, biologists, physicians, and data scientists!
How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?
AWIS national and local networks provide ample opportunities to connect and work with creative and driven girls and women who are very interested in solving challenging problems through STEM research.
Mi-Youn Brusniak, PhD PMP is a bioinformatics data scientist and is the Optides/Protein Therapeutics Program Bioinformatics Director at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA. She obtained her PhD degree in Computer Aided Drug Design from the University of Texas at Austin and has worked in a wide variety of areas, including diagnostics and therapeutics R&D. Current research areas include design of operating procedures and software/algorithms for computational knotted peptide library generation, analysis pipeline of LC-MS and omics data and selection of sub-libraries of potential drug candidates for target pharmacological properties. Many projects are collaborative efforts among basic science, clinical research divisions in FHCRC, and biotech companies.