Stephen Benz, Ph.D.
Steve Benz is one of the co-founders of Five3 Genomics, having worked in the field of bioinformatics for over 10 years. He started Five3 after completing his degree at UCSC under Dr. David Haussler where he was one of the lead developers on the UCSC Cancer Genomics Browser and co-developer of the pathway inference algorithm PARADIGM. Prior to UCSC, Steve was a developer at SurfMerchants, LLC , a Boston-based web software-as-a-service (SaaS) company. During his time there, Steve was key in helping launch the company’s first direct-to-consumer offering, JobSlinger.com.
During his time at Wheaton College, Steve was lead developer on a number of research genomics projects, including web software that enabled researchers to find complex DNA motifs in a variety of bacterial genomes. Steve served research internships at both University of California, San Francisco, helping with some of the first microarray analysis done in the laboratory of Dr. Joe Gray, and at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging where he modernized the microarray analysis pipeline used by the Genomics Core, led by Dr. Simon Melov.
Steve received a B.S. in Computer Science from Wheaton College in Norton, MA and a Ph.D. and M.S. in Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics from University of California, Santa Cruz.