Scott Panzer

I am a bioinformaticist/molecular biologist/software engineer living in Sunnyvale, in the heart of Silicon Valley, with my wife Dianne, our son Cole, daughter Lauren, and five cats: Veruca, Pascal, Rosie, Domino and Cinnamon.

I am currently working for Proofpoint, a startup company in the email security (i.e. anti-spam) field, as a lead data engineer. Prior to joining Proofpoint (from 1997 to 2004), I worked for Incyte Corporation, located in Palo Alto, California (now Wilmington, Delaware), where I was a bioinformatics scientist and director of a group providing bioinformatics support in a variety of areas including sequence database products and intellectual property. Between 1994 and 1997, I was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Lynn Cooley at Yale University. During my postdoc, I built CySPID, a database of cytoskeletal proteins and their interactions, in collaboration with Perry Miller of the Yale Center for Medical Informatics. Prior to my postdoc, I was a graduate student at UC Berkeley, in the lab of Steve Beckendorf in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

Outside of work and family, my main hobby is animal welfare work, specifically in the area of feral cat rescue and population management. In late 1997 I founded Silicon Valley Friends of Ferals, an all-volunteer group dedicated to promoting humane methods (neuter/release) for managing feral cat populations and rescuing socializable kittens into adoptive homes. I stopped keeping score, but can say I've trapped and neutered more feral cats than you could easily herd (no, really, quite a few) and rescued into adoptive homes a fair bunch as well. I learned the ropes about feral cats back in Connecticut from the founder of the Rehab-A-Cat feral neuter & release program. At about the same time (1994-1997) I created the Connecticut Cat Rescue Web site, devoted to adoption listings and spay/neuter evangelism.

I am also an administrator of Zee Mud, an online "multi user dungeon", where I am known as "Stenor". These days I don't spend too much time with that, but do keep the machine running and maintain the game source code. It was my interest in muds that got me started learning to code in C, enabling me to pick the skills required for my career change from bench science to bioinformatics and software development. I started mudding at the famous Mudde Pathetique.

Here is my very ancient web page from when I lived in Connecticut and had hair. Happy surfing!

PGP public keys for some of my email addresses are available.

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