About Us

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Leadership

Yang Xie

Yang Xie, Ph.D.

Core Director

Yang Xie is an established quantitative research investigator. With training in biostatistics, medicine and epidemiology, she develops innovative quantitative methods to analyze and model biomedical research data to improve patient care. Her primary statistical expertise is in integrated analysis of high-dimensional data, preprocessing and analysis of high-throughput data, and construction and validation of prediction models.

Dr. Xie also has extensive experience with the design and analysis of clinical trials and epidemiological studies, and the development and maintenance of comprehensive databases. She founded the Quantitative Biomedical Research Center (QBRC), which has grown from two faculty members to 30 members in the last few years. She has also advanced efforts to coordinate bioinformatics research on campus.

She leads the Biostatistics, Bioinformatics and Database cores for several major research grants from both NCI and CPRIT.

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Min Soo Kim

Min Soo Kim, M.S.

Core Manager
Computational Biologist III

Min Soo Kim manages the Bioinformatics Core Facility.



Genomics

Brandi Cantarel

Brandi Cantarel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Dr. Cantarel is an expert in high-throughput sequence analysis including WGS/WES, RNA-seq, Methyl-seq, metagenomics and the integration of data. Her technical skills include: a) methods and pipeline development for complex data analysis, b) custom database development, and c) web development for data exploration and visualization. She specializes in working with collaborators to identify the right data and analysis for answering biological questions.

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Guillaume Jimenez

Guillaume Jimenez

Computational Biologist

Guillaume Jimenez is a software engineer with a specialization in high-throughput data management and visualization. Mr. Jimenz is developing tools for the querying and visualization of sequence data to help researchers identify tends in protocol development. He is also the lead developer for the development of a UTSW clinical annotation database.

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Jiwoong Kim

Jiwoong Kim, M.S.

Computational Biologist

Jiwoong Kim is an expert in massive data analysis, including biodata. He developed the pipeline through which BICF efficiently processes massive sequencing data.

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Jeon Lee

Jeon Lee, Ph.D.

Computational Biologist

Dr. Lee is an expert bioinformatics data analyst for various genomic experiments such as RNA-seq, pooled CRISPR screening, eCLIP-seq and MeRIP-seq data. His computational skills and research experiences also cover: 1) machine learning algorithm development for biomarker discovery of anti-cancer drugs and brain-tumor segmentation in MRI; 2) automated text-mining for EMR (Electronic Medical Record); 3) cell image analysis over drug treatment; 4) heterogeneous data fusion, e.g., RNA expression (genetic) and cell image feature (phenotypic) changes induced by perturbagens; 5) physiological signal processing and clinical event detection and/or feature extraction from the signals. LinkedIn Profile


Xin Luo

Xin Luo, Ph.D.

Data Scientist

Dr. Luo collaborates with investigators to identify problems and provide statistical consultation, including experimental design, data analysis and interpretation of results.

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Venkat Malladi

Venkat Malladi, Ph.D.

Computational Biologist

Venkat Malladi is a computational biologist and software engineer with expertise in high-throughput sequencing analysis and reproducible software development. He is currently working on implementing and distribution of genomic analysis pipelines to facilitate reproducibility. He specializes in working with collaborators to identify appropriate data and analysis and provide biological context to results obtained.

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Erika Villa

Erika Villa, M.S.

Computational Biologist

Erika Villa is a computational biologist and scientific programmer. Ms. Villa specializes in next generation sequence (NGS) analysis in genomics, metagenomics and transcriptomics. She is currently the lead bioinformatics analysis for the data processing of clinical samples to identify genetic variation including SNVs, InDels, translocation and gene fusions in patient samples.

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He Zhang

He Zhang, Ph.D.

Computational Biologist III

Dr. Zhang is an expert in high-throughput data analysis including sequencing based data (WGS/WES) and microarray based data (genotyping and gene expression). He specializes in GWAS, population genetics, comparative genomics and phylogenetics. His skills also include database and webserver development.

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Web Development

Bo Yao

Bo Yao, Ph.D.

Senior Database Analyst

Dr. Yao is a senior developer and database designer. His work focuses on web application development. He is also experienced with and consults on data warehousing.

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Shin-Yi Lin

Shin-Yi Lin, M.S.

Scientific Programmer

Shin-Yi Lin is a full stack web developer. She specializes in web application development, database design, and database maintenance. She is currently focusing on developing clinical and genomic data management, data visualization, and analysis tool for the purposes of online sharing and improving usability.

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Qinbo Zhou

Qinbo Zhou, Ph.D.

Scientific Programmer

Qinbo Zhou is a database developer and web application engineer. Dr. Zhou specializes in website development, database design, and data management. He is currently working on developing web-based integrative analysis tools for clinical and genomics data.



Biostatistics

Rong Lu

Rong Lu, Ph.D.

Biostatistical Consultant III

Dr. Lu was trained in math and statistics. Her basic training includes design of clinical trials, statistical computing, generalized linear models, survey sampling methods, survival analysis, missing data analysis, principles of epidemiology,  advanced longitudinal analysis, stochastic models of infectious diseases, etc. She provides statistical consulting for medical and clinical research. 

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