Xinghua (Mindy) Shi is an assistant professor in the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics, College of Computing and Informatics, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Before joining UNC Charlotte in January 2013, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, a NIH T32 genetics training fellow at Harvard Medical school, a visiting research fellow in the Medical and Population Genetics program at Broad Institute, and an associate in the Quantitative Genetics Program at Harvard School of Public Health. She has received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Chicago, and M.Eng and B. Eng degrees in Computer Science from Beijing Institute of Technology, China. Her research interest is in computational systems biology, particularly, the design and development of tools and algorithms to solve large-scale computational problems in biology and biomedical research. She is currently focused on integrating large-scale "-omics" datasets to study how genetic architecture affects biological processes and complex phenotypes at the systems level. She is also interested in analyzing complex networks including computer networks, biological networks, and social networks.
Dr. Shi's research interest is in computational systems biology, particularly, the design and development of tools and algorithms to solve large-scale computational problems in biology and biomedical research. Her lab is currently focused on integrating large-scale "-omics" datasets to study how genetic architecture affects biological processes and complex phenotypes at the systems level. Dr. Shi is also interested in analyzing complex networks including computer networks, biological networks, and social networks.
In July 2012, Daniel Janies joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as The Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor of Bioinformatics and Genomics.
Dr. Janies received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology from the University of Michigan in 1988 and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Florida in 1995. Dr. Janies worked as a postdoctoral fellow (1996 - 1999) and a principal investigator (2000-2002) at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City where he lead a team that, using off-the-shelf PC components, built one of the worlds largest computing clusters in 2001. Most recently Dr. Janies was a tenured faculty member in the College of Medicine at the Ohio State University.
Dr. Janies is a national principal investigator in the Tree of Life program (http://echinotol.org) of the National Science foundation and is funded by the Defense Applied Research Projects Agency. His work involves empirical studies of organismal diversity and development of software, such as Supramap (http://supramap.org). Supramap is used by public health scientists to put pathogen genomic data into context with geography and hosts. The results are akin to weather maps for disease.
Dr. Weijun Luo received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2008. Right after graduate school, he started as a senior computational scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). He got promoted to a Research Investigator in 2010. At CSHL, he worked on all types of high throughput microarray and sequencing experiment design, data analysis and quality assessment. He led the bioinformatics and computational efforts in a broad range of cutting-edge research projects. Dr. Luo joined the Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics at UNC-Charlotte in July 2011.
RESEARCH AREAS High throughput genomic data analysis Computational method development and implementation Systems biology on complex diseases and processes Biomedical informatics and computing Personal genome and personalized medicine