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Omar M.

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Previous positions

  • Data Analyst | Science Writer at University of California
  • Research Analyst at University of Maryland

Education

University of California, Berkeley, , Biology

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Background

Summary

I work at the intersection of scientific challenges and human ingenuity. I believe that using software development and good data practices, we can help solve our most complex biological challenges.

Experience

  • Software Developer

    GeneDx

    November 2017 – Present(1 year 11 months)

    Software development for human genome sequencing and variant analysis in a world-class clinical setting. Improving bioinformatics workflows and integration of scientific/genomic data using diverse programming languages and database management.

  • Founder | Software Developer

    Anduin Web Development

    March 2017 – Present(2 years 7 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Software application development for clients with diverse mission statements. DoWhop.com – Full-stack JavaScript development from ideation through user testing for a peer-to-peer sharing economy startup. Full-stack Ruby-on-Rails development for private/management companies in the San Diego area.

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  • Data Analyst | Science Writer

    University of California

    September 2015 – November 2016(1 year 2 months)San Francisco, California

    Analyst for data-driven indicator/assessment projects including back end data development for interactive ecological indicator datasets and their hosted websites.

  • Research Analyst

    University of Maryland

    January 2014 – December 2014(11 months)Washington D.C. Metro Area

    Coordinated communications and scientific information/data integrity for US government report on climate-change indicators. Helped to launch the National Climate Assessment under the Obama White House.

  • Research Analyst

    Yale University

    June 2012 – June 2014(2 years)

    Used data-driven statistics and analytical research to develop a global ranking index based on scores assessed for ecological/health indicators. Authored peer-reviewed paper, Nature commentary to galvanize research community toward data-sharing.

Education

  • Evolutionary Biology & Genetics

    Activities and Societies

    Museum of Vertebrate Zoology Research Apprentice, Filmmaking Club, New Renaissance Press

  • Yale University

    Master’s, Environmental Policy

    2011 – 2013

    Global Conservation Policy

  • Dev Bootcamp

    Certificate, Web App Development

Publications

  • Where Is the Wastewater Going? How Better Data Can Make Us More Resilient

    UCS blog: the Equation

    September 2013

    Authors (1):
    • Omar M.
  • Development: Mobilize citizens to track sustainability

    Nature

    March 2014

    DOI: 10.1038/508033a

    Authors (3):
    • Angel Hsu, PhD,
    • Omar M.,
    • Laura Klewicki
  • Assessing global water quality: The data challenge

    Global Water Forum

    December 2014

    Despite modest progress on water quality efforts, the world is still far from securing clean water for all.

    Authors (3):
    • Pamela Jao,
    • Angel Hsu, PhD,
    • Omar M.
  • A global indicator of wastewater treatment to inform the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

    Environmental Science and Policy

    April 2015

    This paper assessed an effort to create an indicator of global wastewater treatment performance to inform environmental performance and sustainable development.

    Authors (4):
    • Omar M.,
    • Angel Hsu, PhD,
    • Laura Klewicki,
    • Alex de Sherbinin

Projects

  • Environmental Performance Index

    A global view of environmental status with country metrics to inform decision-making. A data portal allows users to explore 20+ indicator datasets for 180+ countries, launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    Team Members (5):
    • Omar M.,
    • Angel Hsu, PhD,
    • Laura Klewicki,
    • Nora Hawkins,
    • Will M.

Skills & Expertise

  • Linux Systems
  • Press Releases
  • Statistics
  • Cross-functional Team Leadership
  • Public Policy
  • Forestry
  • JavaScript
  • CSS
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Analysis
  • Energy Policy
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Project Management
  • GitHub
  • Ruby
  • Policy
  • Agile Application Development
  • Python
  • Web Development
  • ArcGIS
  • Climate Change
  • Research
  • Editing
  • Web Applications
  • Qualitative Research
  • Node.js
  • Webmaster Services
  • HTML
  • Environmental Issues
  • R
  • Genetics
  • Software Development
  • Writing
  • SQL

Honors & Awards

  • MIT Climate CoLab Audience Choice Award

    MIT Climate CoLab

    September 2013

    Award for “CliO: The Climate Organism” web application proposal

  • Best Student Film

    Beneath the Waves Film Festival (1st place). Sierra Club Eco-Comedy Film Fest (2nd).

    September 2014

    Comedy short film about climate change and a down-trodden polar bear.

  • Best Film (Comedy, Drama)

    Multiple awards at UC Berkeley Campus Movie Fest

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer

    Silicon Climate

    Present

  • Research Assistant

    UNDP

    Present

  • Advisor, Tech

    Key Conservation

    Present