Seda Arat, PhD
Job Title: Senior Computational Toxicologist
Current Employer: Pfizer Inc
Postdoctoral associate at The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME & Farmington, CT (2019)
Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (2015)
M.S. in Applied Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA (2012)
M.Eng. in Computer & Information Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2009)
B.S. in Mathematics, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey (2005)
I am the Senior Computational Toxicologist within Pfizer’s Drug Safety Research & Development organization focusing on safety applications of NGS data analysis, bioinformatics and predictive modeling. Prior to joining Pfizer, I was a postdoctoral associate at The Jackson Laboratory in the field of Computational Genomics and Machine Learning. During my PhD studies, I have involved every aspect of Systems Biology: (1) data generation and experimental validation as I was an intern at the University of Connecticut Health Center; (2) data analysis as I was an intern at GlaxoSmithKline; and (3) mathematical modeling as I was a graduate student at Virginia Tech. I have published several software applications, predictive models and papers in diverse fields such as cancer biology, infectious disease, microbiome and mouse genetics. In addition, I have been involved in numerous volunteer activities for the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM), Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and National Postdoc Association (NPA).
Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:
Time/project management, adaptability, curiosity.
What I love most about my job:
Having project diversity & collaborative environment, working with multiple groups to achieve the common goal of drug safety.