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From "Mircea Toma" <mirceat...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Introduction
Date Fri, 01 Mar 2002 19:28:37 GMT


----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Woon" <morpheus@SMI.Stanford.EDU>
To: "Avalon Developers List" <avalon-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
Sent: Friday, March 01, 2002 2:27 AM
Subject: Introduction

> Greetings!
> It looks like I'm the latest addition to the Avalon team, and since
> I wouldn't want to break with tradition...
> My name's Mark Woon and I'm 25 years old.  I graduated from Princeton
> University with a CS degree.  I'm currently living in northern
> California, and work in Stanford University's Medical Infomatics
> department.  We're working on developing a
> pharmacogenetic/pharmacogenomic knowledge base that will allow
> researchers to understand how genetic variation contributes to variation
> in the response to drugs.  One benefit of this research would be to
> enable doctors to customize your prescription based on your genes (eg.
> higher or lower dosages, different kinds of medications, etc).
> Prior to this, I worked at Netscape/iPlanet/AOL (take your pick).  Most
> of my time there was spent on their web server, although I also worked
> on the app server and meta-directory server.  I was responsible for
> installation and server management, and if you've ever installed/managed
> the iPlanet web server, you've probably had to deal with some of my
> code...  ;)  Since then, I've sworn off any work related to
> install/uninstall/upgrades, which is just a major PITA, especially on
> products that have to ship on 7 different OS's.
> After working on the web server and before working on the meta-directory
> server, I took a year off during the height of the dot-com craze to try
> to start a company with a friend (doing monitoring/analysis of sentiment
> in the financial/investment world).  Let's just say that the millions
> I was hoping for failed to materialize...
> While I've been using Linux since 1994 and have benefited greatly from
> all the OSS projects around, I've never really had the time/opportunity
> to contribute back, and I'm very excited to finally be able to do so.
> -Mark
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