Peter Reintjes – Bioengineer.
Peter Reintjes has worked for many years on the automation of complex and repetitive laboratory processes using a variety of technologies, including lower-cost computational systems such as micro-controllers, single-board Linux-based computers, and 3D printing technology, and open-source scientific-software tools such as Python, OpenCV, and Prolog. By exploiting developments in low-cost computation and sensor technology, he builds customized, high-throughput platforms for research environments with orders-of-magnitude lower cost. Moreover, these platforms are flexible alternatives to more expensive equipment which is not easily modified or integrated.
His career has been one of highly interdisciplinary work in research organizations. He has simply been too busy to pursue an advanced degree. Had he found the time, his Ph.D. would have been at the nexus of electronics, software engineering, and molecular biology – happily, the pursuits in which he is engaged today.
His first publication on electronic design dates from his sophomore year in college. In the next year, he was employed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Computer Science to build computer-graphics devices used by graduate researchers for protein-crystallography visualization. After earning his undergraduate degree in physics, he developed micro-code for a new Data General computer. Two years later he was offered a research position at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina. His work there eventually led to a position as a Visiting Scientist at IBM's T. J. Watson Research Center. Before this fellowship was completed, he was offered and accepted a staff position at the Watson Research Center.
Peter finds at Innatrix the perfect stage for his expertise in the design of electronic systems, software development in application, database, networking, and systems programming on UNIX/Linux and Windows platforms, as well as for his machine-shop experience fabricating devices from aluminum, stainless steel, wood, and plastic. This allows for the opportunities to contribute to his life-long interest in protein-structure research.
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