Department Milestones

Fall 2017

December: The Department welcomes Albert Montillo as Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics with secondary appointments in the Department of Radiology and the Advanced Imaging Research Center. Montillo received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UTSW, Montillo led neuroimaging research efforts at the General Electric Research Center in New York. The focus of Montillo's research is advancing the theory and application of deep learning and developing de novo machine learning algorithms that have both clinical and neuroscience applications. 

November: Bo Li joins UTSW as Assistant Professor and CPRIT Scholar in the Departments of Bioinformatics and Immunology. Li received his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with joint training in the labs of Dr. Xiaole Shirley Liu at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Dr. Jun S. Liu at the Harvard School of Public Health. Li's research is in cancer genomics and immunology with a focus on understanding immune evasive pathways and developing prognostic biomarkers for cancer immunotherapies.

September: Two new faculty join the Department. Daehwan Kim is Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics and CPRIT Scholar. After receiving his Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Kim served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Computational Biology. Both trainings were with Steven Salzberg. Kim's research is focused on development of algorithms and software to rapidly and accurately analyze data generated by high-throughput next generation sequencers.

Satwik Rajaram has joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bioinformatics and Pathology. Rajaram received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in statistical physics and then worked in the joint research program of Drs. Steven Altschuler and Lani Wu at the University of California, San Francisco. Rajaram seeks to understand the origins and impact of cellular heterogeneity on tissue organization in cancer through machine learning and quantitative molecular biology

Summer 2017

July: The Department moves into a newly constructed facility on south campus. With the Library's progression to a digital-only resource center, space became available for a new academic department. The E4 area was transformed using an innovative concept in work space design for UT Southwestern. The overall design is inspired by Piet Mondrian's works, with bright color blocks, open workspaces to promote collaboration, and smaller "huddle rooms" for more focused team discussions. The space also features lithograph prints of minerals from the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals collection at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. 

staff listening to lecture in new bioinformatics department facility

Fall 2016

October: The Department broadly announces targeted faculty searches in the areas of single-cell genomics and tissue morphogenesis, and an open search in all areas of applied and foundational computer science. Please visit our Careers page to view and apply for positions.

In the News: Bioinformatics graduate student Andres Nevarez is one of only 34 people selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for a 2016 Gilliam Fellowship in Advanced Study. Nevarez is working on a project that uses advanced computer vision to detect the spread of skin cancer.

Spring 2016

April: Recruitment of Murat Can Cobanoglu from Carnegie Mellon University as the first UT Southwestern Distinguished Fellow, a new type of faculty position created to accelerate the path to independence for fresh Ph.D. graduates.

In the News: Using a new 3-D microscope, Department of Bioinformatics researchers can observe cancer cells as they develop and move through tissue. This approach, a departure from traditional 2-D glass-plated images, should accelerate the pace of discovery in many fields of biology.

Fall 2015

October: Integration of BioHPC (biomedical high performance computing) infrastructure with the Department, to serve the scientific computing needs of UT Southwestern departments and centers.

September: Official opening of the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics with the Danuser lab as the first research unit.

In the News: UT Southwestern aims to seamlessly integrate technology into every mission of the institution. The establishment of the Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics reflects the university’s commitment to use technology to bridge research and clinical care.

Spring 2015

July: Danuser accepts offer to serve as the founding chairman. Danuser receives a $5.6 Million grant from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas to launch the Bioinformatics Core Facility as a campus-wide service infrastructure for bioinformatics.

In the News: UT Southwestern announces a generous gift of $25 Million from the Lyda Hill Foundation to launch the Department.

Fall 2014

August: Deans Fitz and Russell agree with Danuser on the vision and implementation plan for a Department of Bioinformatics that is in essence structured as a computer science department in an academic medical center.