Michael Brudno is the Canada Research Chair in Computational Biology and an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto. After receiving a BA in Computer Science and History from UC Berkeley, Michael Brudno got his PhD from the Computer Science Department of Stanford University, working on algorithms for whole genome alignments. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley and was a Visiting Scientist at MIT before starting his position at Toronto. Michael Brudno’s main research interest is the development of computational methods for the analysis of genomic datasets, especially High Throughput Sequencing data, including methods for the discovery of structural and copy-number polymorphisms and other genomic variation, identification of functional variants, and visualization of genomic data. He has also worked on comparative genomics, molecular evolution, and cloud computing. He is the recipient of the Ontario Early Researcher Award and the Sloan Fellowship, and was recently appointed the Director of the Center for Computational Medicine at the Hospital for Sick Children.