Lauren McIver is a senior software developer in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the software team lead in the Microbiome Analysis Core. Lauren has 16 years of experience in software development in a research environment of which the last 9 years have been in the area of bioinformatics. Her work in bioinformatics has covered many different domains including text mining, drug discovery, developing efficient algorithms to process “big data” for analysis of cancer mutations in human genomes, high performance computing in the life sciences, and pathogen forensics. Lauren has a BS in Computer Science and a MS in Applied Mathematics from The University of New Mexico.