Eric Polinko

  • Lecturer/IT Coordinator


Office: (412) 624-0419
103G Clapp Hall
4278 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

While pursuing my graduate degree in Genetics the Internet explosion began, and I was very fortunate to be in a nice position to grab on for the ride. I studied the fertilization and embryonic development of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans in Dr. Susan Strome's lab, and taught computer courses for the Information Technology Education Program at IU Bloomington. It's hard to imagine now - but at the time, I was very fortunate to find any position that combined my interests in biology and computer science.  My job in the department has enabled me to learn a number of system, network, and database administration skills within the context of the biological sciences.

I'm a bit of a "jack-of-all-computational-trades" in the department: I'm involved in our undergraduate Bioinformatics major, and coordinate BioSc 1540 (Computational Biology) in the fall semester. I manage our departmental computer lab in 103 Clapp Hall, and help our faculty with issues in bioinformatics. I am also our department's "IT person" - helping to keep BioSci's computational backbone running smoothly (and perhaps more importantly - serve as the main contact when departmental machines refuse to cooperate) 

I believe that the explosion in computer technology has created many possibilities for its use, but also a phenomenal amount of "junk." I am interested in trying to locate (or create) the rare needles hidden inside this monstrous haystack. In addition, I have always been intrigued by the many wonderful stories that can be woven from the biological sciences, so I'm tickled (as opposed to pickled) to work for a department so committed to undergraduate education.

Dr. Polinko received his Ph.D. in 1999 with S. Strome at Indiana University and joined the Department in 2000.