About me

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).

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Software Engineer

RStudio

January 2016 – Present Remote - Cleveland, Ohio
 
 
 
 
 

System Analyst/Programmer III

Fred Hutch, Bioconductor core team

February 2015 – December 2015 Remote - Cleveland, Ohio
 
 
 
 
 

Data Scientist - Analytics

Explorys, Inc.

October 2013 – January 2015 Cleveland, Ohio
 
 
 
 
 

Program Analyst

Cleveland Clinic

June 2008 – September 2013 Cleveland, Ohio

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