Scott Tighe is currently senior researcher analyst at the UVM Integrative Genomics facility which handles all advanced genomic analysis for the University of Vermont and associated institutes. His expertise is all areas of genomics and microbiology including NextGen and Sanger sequencing, Microarray, PCR, single cell analysis, flow cytometry, and experimental design. Scott Is a microbiologist with a strong background in microbial identification (fungi, bacteria, algae). He has also worked in the field of optics, biophotonics, and holography to develop new disruptive technologies for 3D optical data storage and biomolecular detection of nucleic acids and nerve agents. His current research involves advancing general techniques used for metagenomics and microbiome analysis through applications on extreme environments. He is Chair of the ABRF Metagenomics Research Group and Extreme Microbiome Project (XMP) and co-leader of the International Metagenomics and Microbiome Standards Alliance at NIST and a member of the Genomics Standards Consortium.