Basudev Chaudhuri, Ph.D.
Director, Software Engineering
Basudev Chaudhuri came from India in 1991 for his undergraduate education. After getting a BA with a dual major in Physics and Mathematics from Colgate University in 1995 he headed to Cornell University. There he earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Solid State Physics. He worked on Monte Carlo studies of vacancies in solid 4He with Geoffrey Chester. He also worked on a dynamical model for resonant charge transfer in atom-metal scattering with Brad Marston from Brown University, in collaboration with Barbara Cooper’s lab at Cornell. With much of his time spent on writing simulations to run on the parallel clusters at Cornell, he fell in love with software development and began to understand the difference between programming and software engineering.
While finishing his thesis he started as the first employee at Gene Network Sciences, now GNS Healthcare. He enjoyed wearing multiple hats – on one hand developing the VisualCell/DigitalCell platform for in silico biology to build predictive models, on the other setting up the IT and network infrastructure. This was followed by a short stint at Autodesk to get a sense of commercial software development.
He joined Blue Origin in 2007 to be part of a commercial spaceflight endeavor. Here again he got the diversity he enjoyed at GNS. He developed software to author and visualize complex systems automation. He developed a framework for distributed computational workflows spanning the local machines and the AWS cloud, with the ability to dynamically provision parallel clusters as needed. He also led a small team to develop a scalable geographically distributed micro-services-based time series data management system.
He enjoys putting together large complex systems and looks forward to applying his experience to help build cell science data pipelines.