Max Nanis is a programmer and computational biologist. He studied biology, chemistry and sculpture at Bennington College. Max logged onto the Internet when he was three years old and has never signed off.
First joining The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in 2012, Max worked with Dr. Arthur J. Olson at the Molecular Graphics Laboratory developing OpenGL tools for protein docking simulations. At the Su Lab, he’s a senior computational biologist and is the lead developer of Mark2Cure, a citizen science tool that empowers anyone who can read to make biomedical research literature more useful for researchers. As part of Mark2Cure, Max develops language processing tools, builds user contribution analysis pipelines, and disseminates user collected data openly for researchers to leverage. Previous work at TSRI included software development for GeneWiki, an effort to provide a well written and informative Wikipedia article for every notable human gene.
As the founder of General Research Lab, a chemically oriented creative software and animation studio, he helps companies develop new ventures and solve hard problems. Taking on anything from database optimization, to product driven biological analysis, he’s found ways to convey technically difficult concepts to anyone. His work has been covered by The New Yorker, The Association for Computing Machinery, Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, and others