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Peter Clark

Director, Data Science

Janssen R&D US

Why I'm a JPAL

I am passionate about disruptive technological innovation and entrepreneurship for the advancement of the current standard of patient care and treatment, particularly for underserved patient populations.


Peter earned his B.Sc. and Ph.D. from Drexel University, School of Biomedical Engineering prior to completing a postdoctoral fellowship at The Center for Computational Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University. Following Peter’s postdoctoral training, he joined the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a staff scientist within the Department of Pathology, Division of Genomic Diagnostics, where he co-developed the first to market, high resolution, next generation sequencing based HLA genotyping assay. He subsequently transitioned into a clinical fellowship in molecular pathology and immunogenetics and was awarded the Scholar of the Year award by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI) in 2015 for his contributions to the field of solid organ and bone marrow transplantation. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Peter served as the Director of Bioinformatics at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, where he worked closely with academic and commercial collaborators on the design, optimization and evaluation of various gene therapy platform technologies from early research and development through IND enabling clinical studies. Peter is also a clinically trained molecular geneticist (The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) with extensive experience in the design, validation and implementation of next generation sequencing (NGS) assays within a clinical, CAP/CLIA certified laboratory setting. Peter’s diverse expertise in data science, engineering, clinical molecular genetics, computational biology, and translational research has led to the publication of over 30 peer-reviewed scientific publications as well as two book chapters, several issued patents and two biotechnology spin-off companies.


“Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”

- William Pollard

Fun fact:

Classically trained violinist, currently playing Irish & Celtic folk as well as bluegrass and American roots music