The Microsoft Biology Foundation


May 19, 2011


Simon Mercer, director, and Michael Zyskowski, senior research program manager, Microsoft Research Connections, present this session of the 2011 Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit. This presentation was part of the Computing in eScience research track at the summit.


Michael Zyskowski and Simon Mercer

Dr. Mercer has a background in zoology and has worked in various aspects of bioinformatics over the years. Having managed the development of the Canadian Bioinformatics Resource, a national life science service-provision network in Canada, he worked as Director of Software Engineering at Gene Codes Corporation before moving to the External Research team of Microsoft Research. In his current role as Director of Health and Wellbeing, he manages collaborations between Microsoft and academia in the area of healthcare research. Dr. Mercer’s interests include bioinformatics, translational medicine, and the management of scientific data.


  • Portrait of Michael Zyskowski

    Michael Zyskowski

    Principal Engineer

  • Portrait of Simon Mercer

    Simon Mercer