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Justin Zook, PhD

Justin is currently working on developing reference materials, reference data, and reference methods for human genome sequencing with the Genome in a Bottle Consortium. Specifically, he is developing methods to compare and integrate whole genome DNA sequencing data from multiple platforms and sequencing runs.  Also, he developed a method to use synthetic DNA and RNA Standard Reference Materials to improve base quality scores from "Next Generation Sequencing" instruments.  Since starting as a postdoctoral research associate at NIST in January 2009, Justin’s previous research interests included synthesis of liposomes in microfluidic devices and developing methods to synthesize and measure nanoparticle agglomerates for nanotoxicity studies.  


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
NIST/NRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship


Biomedical Engineer
Biochemical Science
Multiplexed Biomolecular Science


PhD (2008) - Biomedical Engineering, University of Memphis

BS (2003) - Electrical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University


Phone: 301-975-4133
Email: justin.zook@nist.gov