Tim Howes, PhD Data Scientist Informatics Biography Tim Howes, PhD, joined the PICI Informatics team in May 2018. As part of PICI’s translational research efforts, he analyzes large genomic datasets to identify features of tumor and immune system biology that affect immunotherapy outcomes. Tim also contributes to the development of computational tools and infrastructure at PICI. Howes’s research background includes work in evolutionary genetics and developmental biology in model organisms. In his doctoral research at Stanford University, he used quantitative genetics to identify DNA changes affecting skeletal development in the threespine stickleback, a fish that has evolved diverse phenotypes. As a postdoc at the University of California, Berkeley, he studied gene regulation in the early Drosophila embryo using genomics and live imaging approaches. Prior to his PhD work, Howes completed a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Michigan State University and a master’s in computational biology at the University of Cambridge.