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My Unconventional Path to a Clinical Laboratory Operations Leadership Role

     Dr. Todd E. Arnold

During our sixty minutes together, I’ll describe my educational background, non-linear career path and evolution, share with my responsibilities as the Chief Laboratory Operations Officer at Sema4, describe briefly discuss my passion as a strong advocate for Connecticut’s Bioscience Ecosystem, and leave plenty of time for questions from the audience.

Dr. Arnold is the Chief Laboratory Operations Officer for Sema4, a spinout company of the Mount Sinai Health System. Sema4 is an interdisciplinary health information company committed to providing open access to data and creating practical tools that help patients, clinicians, and researchers better predict health trajectories. Prior to his role at Sema4, he was the Managing Director of the Mount Sinai Genetic Testing Laboratory–Connecticut, a state of the art, high throughput nucleic acid sequencing facility. The laboratory was an extension of the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His team was responsible for generating and analyzing sequencing data to enable researchers and clinicians to gain a better understanding of the biology of cancer and inherited diseases, improve the accuracy of diagnoses, apply the most appropriate therapeutic regimens, and achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Previously Dr. Arnold was the Vice President of Research and Development at 454 Life Sciences, a Roche Company, where his team developed next-generation sequencing instruments, reagents, assays, and software. Prior to joining 454 he was the Director of Product Development and Applications Support for Healthcare at CUNO, Incorporated, a 3M Company. He and his team introduced innovative filtration and separation media for use in therapeutic monoclonal antibody purification and pharmaceutical applications, as well as creating multiple diagnostic membrane platforms.

He earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences from Indiana University, his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Georgia, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Arnold is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Connecticut in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology.

A Day in the Life is a webinar series created and promoted by BioCT and produced by UConn to highlight the life science industry and opportunities in Connecticut. Registration is required, as registrants need a link to participate in the live webinar. Participants will receive a copy of the recorded event, and the event will be posted and available to the UConn community via CCD On Demand following each presentation.