Hi, I'm Derek.

I work in the curation, management, analysis, and visualization of data, mainly to understand complex systems in biotech R&D. I'm currently employed at a large multinational corporation, previously I was a contractor doing similar work, and before that working as a bioinformatician in a hospital research department.

I have a "pretty much D" from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Plant and Microbial Biology, where my thesis was focused on understanding how varying environmental conditions affect mutualisms. I decided to leave the program after 5 years and take a Master's on the way out. Previously I was a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology, after completeing a BSc in Biochemistry and Minor in German from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

I also spend a lot of time thinking about developing sustainable / regenerative / resilient ecosystems, and am working to transition our family farm to such a system.



During grad school I developed a framework for eating that I call mealslurry. Briefly, it's been optimized for cost, time, mental energy, and nutrition. I've been using it since October 2016, and I've found it to be incredibly helpful in reducing cognitive burden around eating.


I got involved with Mitch Kluesner's project in developing an algorithm to use Sanger sequencing to quantify the amount of editing in cells modified with base editing technology. The amount of editing is normally quantified using Illumina sequencing, costing much more and taking more time than the cheap (~$3 / sample) and fast (1 day) Sanger sequencing method. I refactored Mitch's algorithm in R and wrote a Shiny web app to make it more user friendly and widely available to the community.

Check out the website, the GitHub repo, and the bioRxiv.org preprint.


Feel free to send me an email at dnedveck@gmail.com. Business Derek is accessible at my LinkedIn profile, hacker Derek has most of his code on GitHub, and I watch the data science world as @dnedveck on Twitter.

Und wenn du lange in einem Terminal blickst, blickt der Terminal auch in dich hinein.