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Marcy Vana

Marcy Vana

Senior Support Scientist, Becker Medical Library, Washington University in St Louis
Marcy Vana, PhD is currently Senior Support Scientist at Becker Medical Library at Washington University in St. Louis. In this role, Dr. Vana teaches a variety of introductory research computing workshops in collaboration with the Center for High Performance Computing and Institute for Informatics. She also supports a variety of software tools for biomedical data analysis and teaches the basics of genomic data analysis for clinical trainees. Prior to joining Becker Library, she was a Content QC Scientist at Ingenuity Systems. Dr. Vana received her PhD in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis from Northwestern University and did postdoctoral training in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology at Stanford University.

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