Bio: Geraldine Van der Auwera


Broad Institute, United States of America,

Contact: Email:, Twitter: @VdaGeraldine, ORCID:

About Me

I direct outreach and communication efforts for the Data Sciences Platform at the Broad Institute, and serve as an educator and advocate for researchers who use our software and services. This includes GATK, the Broad’s industry-leading toolkit for variant discovery analysis; the Cromwell/WDL workflow management system; and, a cloud-based analysis platform that integrates computational resources, methods repository and data management in a user-friendly environment. As part of my outreach role, I provide guidance to our User Education team for the development of workshops and other educational materials. I have 7 years of experience teaching workshops to audiences ranging from novice to expert, typically on topics that combine biology, genomics and computational challenges. I’m comfortable with a variety of formats including ad-hoc Q&A, panels, talks, multi-day workshops and hackathons. I’m always looking to learn about new approaches to extend my range and adapt to new audiences. Oh yeah, I have a PhD in microbiology that is very little use to me nowadays… but no regrets.

Skills/Topics I Teach

  • Genomics
  • Variant discovery analysis
  • Pipelining
  • Jupyter notebooks
  • Cloud computing for scientists

Communities and Projects