Vladimir Vacić

Where: San Francisco CA 94133
Contact: [my first name] @vacic.org


I was born and grew up in Belgrade, Serbia. I graduated from the School of Mathematics (Matematicka Gimnazija) and have spent one year at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Belgrade.

In 1998 I moved to the United States to go to college, first to Bridgeport, then to Philadelphia, and finally to Riverside, where I defended my Ph.D. exactly 10 years and a day after I arrived to the US for the first time. I've spent about half a year interning in Indianapolis and another half a year in Princeton. As it happened, I had my fair share of driving around.

In 2008 I moved to New York, first for a postdoc at the Cold Spring Harbor Lab (genetics of psychiatric disorders), and after that for a postdoc at Columbia (computational genetics). Between 2012 and 2015 I worked at the New York Genome Center, where I was one of the founding scientists and saw the center grow from 20 to 160 people.

In 2015 I switched coasts again and moved to San Francisco. I now work at 23andMe.

I love infographics and I go crazy about maps (of all kinds). Some of the stuff I made is here: