Ben KaplanResearch Associate, Cancer Genomics Foundation MedicineBSCB ’18
Ben is a research associate at Foundation Medicine, the leading company in precision oncology. Foundation Medicine has profiled over 180,000 patients, deep-sequencing tumor biopsies for somatic alterations in over 400 reported genes and giving doctors invaluable insights into deciding targeted therapy regiments.
Currently, Ben is training to perform programmatically customized research and queries on Foundation Medicines’ database of over 180,000 patient samples for Foundation’s 30+ biopharmaceutical partners plus cutting-edge internal development using his group’s Python code-base and knowledge of cancer biology.
“It’s really great! The variety of work we do for our partners is very interesting and I never thought I would get to do my own research as well—in private industry with only a bachelors. Plus the team’s a rather quirky, colorful group which makes going in every day a lot of fun.”
In the coming months, Ben will be working with investigators at Roche – Genentech, and plans on submitting his research for presentation and possibly publication in the spring.