Frederick Matsen, PhD

faculty member

Frederick Matsen, PhD

Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Associate Program Head
Herbold Computational Biology Program, Fred Hutch

Translational Data Science Integrated Research Center (TDS IRC), Fred Hutch

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Dr. Frederick “Erick” Matsen is an expert in computational biology, which is the science of using biological data to develop computer algorithms, or programs, to understand biological systems and relationships. His research team has developed new methods to analyze data generated by sequencing the DNA of viruses, immune cells and complex environmental samples containing many microorganisms. The team also pursues more abstract questions about the methods used to construct evolutionary trees. Another focus of Dr. Matsen’s work is on improving software used in computational biology, both by developing open source tools and by contributing to work on larger, collaborative projects.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Affiliate Associate Professor of Genome Sciences and of Statistics
University of Washington


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, PhD in Mathematics, June 2006

Universit´e de Paris 13, Paris, France, DEA in Mathematics, June 2001

Stanford University, Stanford, CA, BS in Mathematics with honors, June 2000

"The immune system develops customized ways of recognizing foreign molecules. It’s truly a miraculous process."

— Dr. Erick Matsen

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