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Umar Ahmad PhD

Bioinformatics Coordinator

Umar Ahmad is the founder and CEO of BioSeq Consulting, a bioinformatics company that translates omics data into informative knowledge by providing quality high-throughput sequencing (NGS) data analysis. Umar's graduate training (PhD in cancer research) at Genetics and Regenerative Medicine Research Centre of the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the Malaysia Genome Institute focused on developing targeted therapy for human bladder cancer with primary focus on genomics and transcriptomics through bioinformatics analyses of NGS data such as transcriptome (RNA-Seq) and whole genome sequencing (WGS) data. He is passionate about genetics and genomics, bioinformatics, computational biology and data science. Umar is voluntarily serving as the bioinformatics coordinator at Science Communication Hub Nigeria, where he supports a team that provides mentorship, implements training and community building for the next generation of Nigerian scientists. He is currently the Scholarly Communication Lead at AfricArXiv – The free preprint service for African scientists. He previously served as the Secretary to the Structure Organisation Committee (SOC) of the Nigerian Bioinformatics and Genomics Network. He is a strong advocate for community building that supports the data-intensive biomedical research community and underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Umar is occasionally found on Twitter, and most of the time on Github.