Jody Burks is a Developer Advocate and Quantum Computing Ambassador with IBM in Houston, TX. She is a computational biochemist by training, with a PhD in Biochemistry from Auburn University. Her PhD research focused on relationships between chemical structure and function, and involved coding, biological sequence databases, comparative analysis and 3D molecular modeling. She served as an assistant professor for a couple of years, then moved into industrial R&D as a chemist. After generating 9 patent applications (1 issued at present) and three publications she came to IBM where she could use her data science and computational skills in addition to her chemistry training. She also has experience with web application and webpage development with front end stack.
In her spare time, Jody loves traveling with her little one, creative arts and learning new things, and is rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey's flooding.