Kelsey Florek

Data Science,
and Public Health.

I have a passion for diving into the deep end

My work involves a combination microbiology, bioinformatics, statistics, and software development and I spend most of my time applying novel computational methodologies to preventing the spread of infectious diseases. At the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) my role is to help develop and build genomics and data analytics capacity both within the WSLH and the greater public health community.

A few notable projects that I have supported include a repository of containerized applications StaPH-B Docker Builds; a toolkit of software and workflows for public health bioinformaticians StaPH-B ToolKit; and a dashboard for displaying SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillence in Wisconsin WI SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Dashboard. You can find most of my work on github . The technologies I use include AWS, Nextflow, Python, R, Bash, Nodejs, Docker, as well as a variety of genomics, machine learning, and evolutionary biology tools.

In an effort to build up the capacity of bioinformatics in the United States I am a steering committee member of StaPH-B a consortium of public health bioinformaticians committed to addressing the barriers affecting genomics in state public health laboratories. I also participate in a number of workgroups and committees hosted by Association of Public Health Laboratories and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that function to build standards and resources for public health bioinformatics.

In my spare time I enjoy photography, watercolor, cooking, plants, rollerskating, and board games.