Our Team

Brandi Cantarel, Ph.D.

Brandi Cantarel

Brandi Cantarel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioinformatics, where she leads bioinformatics development, validation and data analysis for next generation sequencing (NGS). Dr. Cantarel has been involved in the development of novel bioinformatics solutions in genomics research for over 15 years. Most recently, she led NGS sequence analysis at Baylor Research Institute in Dallas, TX, engaging in a number of translational studies in immunology and cancer. Prior to moving to Texas, she was a pioneer in the emerging human microbiome field, where she participated in metagenomics studies in obesity and inflammatory bowel disease. Brandi is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a PhD from its Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics with a concentration in Structural, Computational Biology and Biophysics.

Key Publications

Cantarel BL, Lei Y, Weaver D, Zhu H, Farrell A, Benstead-Hume G, Reese J, Finnell RH. Analysis of archived residual newborn screening blood spots after whole genome amplification. BMC Genomics. 2015

Cantarel BL, Weaver D, McNeill N, Zhang J, Mackey AJ, Reese J. BAYSIC: a Bayesian method for combining sets of genome variants with improved specificity and sensitivity. BMC Bioinformatics. 2014