Mr. Schmutz’s involvement with the DOE Joint Genome Institute dates back to 1997, when he was working for the Stanford Human Genome Center, now the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. There he constructed the pipelines for directed finishing and co-led the team that finished the DOE human chromosomes 5, 16, and 19. Prior to this he participated in the CO-OP program at Argonne National Laboratory for sequencing technology development, developing algorithms for oligo probe-based sequencing. Following the completion of the human genome project in 2003, he developed sequencing, assembly, and improvement strategies for de novo sequencing of eukaryotic organisms from simple yeasts to large vertebrate genomes.
Over the previous five years, Mr. Schmutz has provided scientific project management for the reference eukaryotic genomes produced by the JGI, including 18 different plant genomes. In 2011, he assumed the role of the Plant Program lead, focusing on the organization of community driven science for JGI Plant Flagship Genomes and DOE-relevant cellulosic feedstocks.
- BA in Biology, North Central College, Naperville, IL;
- BS in Computer Science, North Central College, Naperville, IL
- Hu TT et al. The Arabidopsis lyrata genome sequence and the basis of rapid genome size change. Nat Genet. 43(5):476-81. Epub 2011 Apr 10.
- Schmutz J et al. Genome sequence of the palaeopolyploid soybean. Nature. 2010;463(7278):178-83.
- The International Brachypodium Initiative. Genome sequencing and analysis of the model grass Brachypodium distachyon. Nature. 2010;463(7282):763-8.
- Paterson AH et al. The Sorghum bicolor genome and the diversification of grasses. Nature. 2009;457(7229):551-6.
- Schmutz J et al. The DNA sequence and comparative analysis of human chromosome 5. Nature. 2004;431(7006):268-74.