Dr. Larrson Omberg, Computational Biologist at Sage Bionetworks, to address GSSM Student Body

October 20, 2015

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Dr. Larrson Omberg, a computational biologist at Sage Bionetworks, will address GSSM students during a SmartChat speaker engagement. His video conference presentation will take place at 4 p.m. on October 20 on the GSSM campus in Hartsville, SC.

Dr. Larsson Omberg is a senior scientist in computational biology at Seattle-based Sage Bionetworks, a research spinout of Merck. He leads the development of collaborative projects to integrate and analyze large-scale genomic datasets. 

Omberg holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering, a masters in Theoretical Physics, and a PhD in Computational Biology. He is currently working on the Cancer Genome Atlas, which uses genome sequencing and bioinformatics to catalog genetic mutations responsible for cancer. 

While working on machine learning techniques to correct for population structure in genetic studies, he developed a technique that led to the discovery of centuries old migration patterns within the Arabian Peninsula, which linked modern day Qataris to African and Persian roots. In addition to English, Omberg speaks Swedish and Portuguese. 

A program of the BCBS Economics & Finance Institute, the SmartChat Speaker Series is designed to enhance students' education while inspiring them through the stories and experiences of GSSM alumni, as well as the Palmetto State’s leading innovators in biology, chemistry, computer science, drama and film, economics, history, physics and writing.

Any media wishing to attend the SmartChat should contact Robert Fletcher, director of the BCBS Economics & Finance Institute, at fletcher@gssm.k12.sc.us or 843-383-3901 ext. 3907.


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