John Hoffer

hof@alumni.harvard.eduLinkedIn

0.1 Collaboration
0.2 Documentation
0.3 Interactive Editing


0.4 Rendering

Manual in 3DS Max:


Automated in Blender:


source code and configuration

1 Education

1.1 Harvard College
  • BA: 2016 — GPA: 3.51
  • Concentration: Neurobiology
  • Secondary: Computer Science

2 Skills

2.1 Programming

Use on daily basis:

  • GLSL ∙ Python ∙ Slurm
  • JavaScript ( D3 ∙ Node ∙ TypeScript )
    Use in past projects:
  • C++ ∙ PHP ∙ SQL ∙ MATLAB ∙ LATEX 
    Learning:
  • Lua ∙ Haskell ∙ Wolfram
  • CUDA ∙ .NET ∙ C#
    Daily Workflow:
  • Bash ∙ Tmux ∙ Vim ∙ RegEx
2.2 Design

Current Projects:

  • Blender (Python API) ∙ X3D ∙ CSS
    Frequent Usage:
  • 3ds Max ∙ Inkscape ∙ Gimp

3 Coursework

3.1 Computer Science
  • Rendering and Image Processing
  • Dynamic & Stochastic Processes
  • Computer Graphics
  • Visualization
3.2 Life Sciences
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Principals of Neuroengineering
  • Computational Cognitive Neuro.
  • Cellular Basis of Neural Function
  • Drug Discovery and Development

4 Experience

HARVARD SEAS — Fellow

February 2016 — current — Visual Computing Group, Cambridge, MA

  • Built a pipeline to render ray-tracings from CNN image reconstructions.
  • Wrote a web server to handle terabytes of image data efficiently in real-time
  • Contributed to 5 open source projects
  • Developed several UIs to give the research community real-time collaborative access to neural reconstructions
  • Negotiated deliverable APIs for a multi-million dollar grant

WYSS INSTITUTE AT HARVARD — Microfabrication Intern

February—August 2015 — Human Organs-on-Chips, Boston, MA

  • Designed components for development of novel microfluidic cell culture assays
  • Developed and tested improved microscale fabrication procedures

MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL — Research Intern

June—August 2013 — Psychiatric Genetics Unit, Boston, MA

  • Prepared DNA to correlate cognitive traits with single DNA base pairs
  • Identified possible genes for future study through a literature review

5 Key Open Source Projects

BUTTERFLY IMAGE SERVER January 2018 — Harvard VCG — Github Link

  • Primary developer of terabyte-scale image server in daily use for automated and interactive evaluation of CNN image reconstructions.

OPENSEADRAGON GL January 2017 — OpenSeadragon — Github Link

  • Enabled real-time parallel image processing on large-scale images in browser.

6 Journal Publications

SCALABLE INTERACTIVE VISUALIZATION FOR CONNECTOMICS August 2017 — Informatics — PDF Link

  • Designed and analyzed experiments on data transfer from network file systems
  • Documented the design and implementation of our servers and interfaces

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