Nick Semenkovich

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I'm a physician scientist and clinical fellow in Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Lipid Research at Washington University in St. Louis. I am currently working with Dr. Aadel Chaudhuri on cell-free DNA and its applications in chronic and metabolic disease (in addition to oncology). I also have a passion for information security as it applies to healthcare and medical devices.

Prior to my fellowship, I completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. I did my MD/PhD at WashU (as part of the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program), where I was advised by Dr. Jeff I. Gordon and funded by the NHGRI. My PhD thesis in genetics explored the impact of the gut microbiota on host epigenetic signaling, as assayed by ATAC-seq.

I graduated from MIT with degrees in Course 6 (Computer Science) and Course 7 (Biology), and briefly spent time at Google working on a framework to manage extremely large scientific datasets. At MIT, I also served as Editor in Chief of the student newspaper The Tech.

In information security, I'm currently developing a public ranking system for the security of healthcare systems (similar to the US News rankings), and previously wrote much of the modern Chrome version of the EFF's HTTPS Everywhere extension.

If you're bored, you can follow my main-belt asteroid — which looks like it's having a great time just a bit past Mars — or check the status of this legislation I helped draft that would require healthcare workers to receive yearly influenza vaccinations (long before the pandemic made that cool).