Computer science teacher
Jérôme Waldispühl is Professor of Computer Science at McGill University, where he conducts research in bioinformatics. His expertise ranges from the design of algorithms for RNA structural biology to the development of massively parallel human-computer systems to accelerate discovery in molecular biology. With the release of Phylo DNA puzzles in 2010, he is one of the pioneers in the use of video games promoting direct public participation in genomic data analysis. Since 2020, he has collaborated with MMOS, Gearbox Software and CCP games with whom he simultaneously published the participatory science games Borderlands Science in Borderlands 3 and Project Discovery 3 in Eve Online. These initiatives have brought together millions of online players and generated hundreds of millions of annotations for research on the microbiome and COVID-19. Jérôme Waldispühl holds a PhD in computer science from École Polytechnique (France). Before joining McGill in 2009, he was a lecturer in applied mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006-2009) and previously a post-doctoral fellow in the Biology Department at Boston College (2005-2006).