Brian Folk joined DBHi as a Systems Analyst in 2015. Brian works with the Translational Informatics Unit Enterprise Informatics Group in the area of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS). As growth increases in utilizing modular informatics solutions to create potential avenues of scientific discovery in translational medicine, one major component of these solutions is LIMS. The LIMS, from Thermo Fisher, was put in place in CHOP’s Clinical and Translational Research Center back in 2008 to support clinical trial workflows that had complex laboratory workflows. This system is now the major component to handle specimens in CHOP's biorepository core and is part of the informatics toolkit developed by the translational informatics team. The LIMS itself is utilized by research staff but also has a mechanical component all the way down to interaction with robots that extract DNA, process samples and store them in a robot freezer. Brian plays a key and unique role in translational informatics and biorepository informatics allowing DBHi to onboard new collaborators who want to take advantage of the toolkit already in place.
Over the last fifteen years, Brian has served roles as a Lead Application Scientist, Engineer for major laboratory operations such as Thermo Fisher Scientific and Sanofi-aventis. Brian has a long career in research and comes to us with experience in mass spectrometry and Pharmacokinetics. Brian holds a BS in Chemistry from Siena College in Albany NY.