I have lived in northeast Ohio for over 25 years and have long had an interest in computers and programming, starting with writing programs in BASIC on our family’s IBM PS/1. I have also long had an interest in biology, particularly genetics. Combining my two interests led me to pursue bioinformatics and a job as a Program Analyst at the the Cleveland Clinic.
My research at CCF focused on using high-throughput sequencing to study a variety of issues, such as maternal obesity in mice, microbial populations in the Cuyahoga river, and Plasmodium Vivax malaria.
While at the Cleveland Clinic, I became an avid user of the statistical programming language R, using it to process, visualize, model and report our data. I also began writing R packages and contributing to open source packages on GitHub. I enjoyed working with open source software and being part of the R community, so looked for opportunities that allowed me to continue to do so, which eventually landed me at RStudio.
Since joining RStudio I have given a number of talks and workshops about R and R packages, which has allowed my to travel to Europe and Australia, as well as throughout the United States.
In my free time, I love spending time with my family, my two daughters and my dog.
You can follow my current work [on GitHub] (https://github.com/jimhester).