U.S. Department of Energy

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Christopher Oehmen

Christopher Oehmen
(509) 375-2038
Principal Investigator

Chris Oehmen received his B.A. in physics and mathematics from Saint Louis University in 1995. He earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Memphis/University of Tennessee, HSC Joint program in 1997 and 2003, respectively. Since then, he has been at PNNL as a senior research scientist specializing in high performance computing applications in biology, with special emphasis on how these biological approaches can be used as a new paradigm for other fields such as cybersecurity. Chris is currently the chief scientist for PNNL’s Asymmetric Resilient Cybersecurity initiative. This initiative is focused on developing the scientific foundations for resilient complex cyber systems with the goal of enabling resilience for IT systems and the nation’s critical infrastructure. Chris is also the project lead for ScalaBLAST, an open source bioinformatics analysis application that has demonstrated near-ideal scaling to tens of thousands of computer elements. Using this platform, he has pioneered applications of biosequence alignment and other biological concepts into various domains of national security including cybersecurity, network defense, and nuclear nonproliferation.

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