Christopher MacDonald

UC San Diego , 2011
Ph.D. , Bioengineering
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San Diego



I lead the data science, engineering, and manufacturing operations functions for ChromaCode, Inc., a molecular diagnostics company in the life sciences industry. Recently we have focused on SARS-CoV-2 testing products, where I led the team that won a COVID Testing XPRIZE award for fast, frequent, cheap and easy testing. We're now expanding our molecular diagnostic multiplexing technology into prenatal testing and oncology areas. Prior to ChromaCode, I was an engineering manager at Illumina, leading the development of processes for consumables manufacturing across several major platforms, including the HiSeqX nanopatterned flowcell which enabled the $1000 genome as well as the predictive analytics program that became Illumina Proactive.


UC San Diego

Ph.D. , Bioengineering

Class of 2011

Awards & Publications

2021 COVID Testing XPRIZE

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