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Reece Hart

Advisor San Francisco Bay Area, US

Computational biologist, genome data architect, software engineer. Technically deep with strong strategic vision and leadership skills.

Computational biologist, genome data architect, software engineer. Technically deep with strong strategic vision and leadership skills.

5 vouches

Involved In


Research & Engineering Fellow Invitae August 2015 - present
Director, Research Platform (Software Engineering) 23andMe September 2014 - March 2015
Computational biologist, data architect, software engineer Invitae (née Locus Development) January 2011 - September 2014
Chief Scientist, Genome Commons UC Berkeley September 2009 - August 2010
Scientist & Scientific Manager Genentech June 2001 - September 2009
Postdoc, Computational Biology Center IBM T.J. Watson Research Center January 1999 - May 2001


Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Molecular Biophysics 1991 - 1998
Washington University in St. Louis Computer Science 1991 - 1994
University of California, San Diego Molecular Biology 1986 - 1990

Interested In

Markets of Interest
  • • Healthcare
  • • Wearable Tech
  • • Social Impact
  • • Data & Analytics
  • • Quantified-self
  • • Records
  • • Genetics
  • • Genomics
  • • Medicine

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Bioinformatics • Biotechnology • Computational Biology • Genetics • Genomics • Product Vision

Key Accomplishments

The central theme of my career is to apply an extensive background in computing to building practical and reliable tools that improve our understanding of biology. I thrive when working in a team to build well-engineered data architectures and systems that make simple biological data analyses simple and complex ones possible.

At Genentech, I developed Unison, a system that integrated essentially all protein databases and over 70 prediction types to enable complex analysis and hypothesis generation. At Locus Development (later acquired by InVitae), I was the second hire after founders. My focus is building tools that enable InVitae to deliver reliable clinical reports based on genomic sequencing and diagnostics.

I am an ego-free team player. I enjoy managing and mentoring. I listen well and I can drive teams to decisions when needed (and give lots of room when they're not). I am pragmatic. I have a knack for distinguishing real technological opportunities from the fads. And I know when to be scrappy for prototyping and diligent for production.

For my next move, I want to combine all of this experience to building a platform for encouraging patient involvement in their own health care, improving the health care system through lower cost and better outcomes, and networking patients, physicians, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies.

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Dean Ekkaia
We worked together at UC Berkeley
Reece is incredibly intelligent and is effective at communication, research, management and organizing technical information and resources. ... I believe he is well placed to be an uber-successful entrepreneur.
David Cavanaugh
We worked together at Genentech
Reece has a rare blend of creative problem solving, deep technical, interpersonal and leadership skills. He has a very strong work ethic an ... d is always willing to go the extra mile, including rolling up his sleeves to get the job done. He leads by example and as such, draws out the best in his teams. I highly recommend him for any entrepreneurship endeavor that he puts his mind to.
Dairian Wan
We worked together at Genentech
Reece is a gifted scientist and technologist. More significantly, he inspires trust as a leader. I have worked with Reece for many years, ... and greatly enjoy the way he tackles complex problems and communicates with diverse audiences.
Paul Darling
They're my school
Reece rapidly moves from ideas to prototypes and astutely applies what he learns to his next venture. His ability to "fail forward" is what ... makes his a great resource for young companies trying to find their way. He can play any role, can learn and apply any technology, and can link different ideas into a new creation. He is infectiously positive and charismatic. I have studied with him in graduate school, been a colleague at different companies, and have been his team mate on competitive sports teams. I trust and believe in his advice and decisions.
Nigel Duffy
We worked together at Numerate, Inc.
Reece is smart, thoughtful, and very easy to work with. He communicates clearly and frankly. He argues effectively and without ego. He jumps ... into challenges with both feet, and rolls up his sleeves to get things done. Reece is always even keeled and a pleasure to work with. He would make a great addition to a startup team.

Dairian Wan
We worked together at Genentech
Dairian will bring solid, methodical development skills to any team he's a part of.