Computational Biology Seminar Series for Undergraduates

Sponsored by the LSU College of Science, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Center for Computation & Technology and the Louisiana Biomedical Research Network

If not one, then take two steps


In this talk, I will walk you through my career journey from a software engineer to a biomedical scientist. The postdoc research shaped me into a computational biologist, which finally let me on to the path of high performance computing (HPC).


I have a Mater’s degree in Computer science and worked as a software engineer, which then is followed by pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences. During the two-year period as a post-doc at LSU, I actively involved in developing algorithms for applications in drug discovery. In addition, I co-led the TESC (Technologies for Extreme Scale Computing) team, where a group of interdisciplinary graduate students at LSU collaborated to improve the performance of various domain science projects using hardware accelerators. Based on my exposure to high performance computing (HPC) and subsequent understanding of the pivotal role of HPC in my own research as well my struggle to make things work in the HPC world, I made a career change decision. From a computational biologist using HPC, I am now on the other side of the isle of HPC to assist researchers in maximizing the utilization of HPC resources in their scientific endeavors.

Wei Feinstein

High Performance Computing