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William Van Etten, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Senior Scientific Consultant

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As a Ph.D. geneticist, Van Etten contributes the perspective of a scientist in helping clients solve their computer-aided research problems. Van Etten honed his informatics skills at the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research at MIT before co-founding BioTeam in 2002. Since then, he has specialized in the development of informatics software with a keen eye toward ease of use.

Focus Areas:

  • Cloud
  • Web Development
  • Informatics
  • DevOps
  • Organizational Assessments
  • Strategic Planning
  • UX


  • Amazon Web Services
  • AWS Cloud Formation
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Google Compute Engine, Google BigQuery
  • Heroku
  • Chef
  • Vagrant
  • Docker
  • Ruby On Rails
  • Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment

Scientific Areas:

  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Molecular Modeling
  • Proteomics
  • Next Generation Sequencing


Van Etten received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Genetics at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Following his graduate research, Bill was Senior Software Engineer at the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research where he contributed to the genetic mapping of the rat, and was the Head of Informatics for the Mouse Radiation Hybrid Mapping Project as well as Whitehead’s contribution to the SNP Consortium. Bill was involved with the generation of 2 million DNA sequences, and the discovery of 1.4 million Human SNPs; having developed and optimized novel algorithms for SNP discovery. He took these high-throughput computing research skills to Blackstone Computing as Principal Bioinformaticist where he designed, built, and configured environments to support computer-aided research for life sciences.

Personal Interests:

Prior to graduate school, Van Etten owned and operated several restaurants in Massachusetts. He still does a lot of elaborate cooking and has been known to swap recipes with clients. Van Etten enjoys “home microbiology”, brewing beer, and making wine and cheese. He was once a bee keeper but is presently merely a bee haver. Van Etten plays several musical instruments: piano, guitar, cello, ukulele, and sings tenor/bass in the local choir.


Dover, NH