CCTS Core Informatics Team

Jake Y. Chen, PhD

Jake Y. Chen, PhD
Chief Bioinformatics Officer
Associate Director, Informatics Institute
Professor of Genetics
UAB
205-996-0738
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  • biological data mining
  • computational systems biology
  • translational bioinformatics 
  • building quantitative biomolecular systems models from genomic and clinical big data
Cimino

James J. Cimino, MD
Director
Informatics Institute
UAB
205-996-1958
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  • standards/terminologies/ontologies
  • electronic health records, decision support (infobuttons)
  • use of clinical data in research
  • clinical data research tools/systems (i2b2, virtual biorepository)
Hicks

Chindo Hicks, PhD
Professor of Genetics
Director, Bioinformatics and Genomics Program
Director, Bioinformatics and Data Science Service Center
LSUHSC

  • Bioinformatics and multi-platform data integration
  • Computational and Population Genomics
  • Biomarker, Knowledge and Drug Discovery
Elliot Leftkowitz

Elliot J. Lefkowitz, PhD
Director
Professor of Microbiology
UAB
205-934-1946
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  • Microbial genomics and evolution
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • Basic bioinformatics analysis
Wyatt

Matthew Wyatt, MSHI
Assistant Director 
UAB
205-934-0660 
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  • Clinical data access
  • Clinical data warehouse

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Eta S. Berner, EdD

Eta S. Berner, EdD
Co-Director
205-975-8219
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  • Health informatics evaluation
  • Informatics education 
Keith Bobitt

Keith Bobitt
Senior System Analyst 
205-934-2508 
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  • Software development
  • Clinical data access
Samantha Carlisle, PhD

Samantha Carlisle, PhD
Bioinformatician II
205-975-5240
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  • Next generation sequence analysis
  • Human genome analysis
  • Transcriptome analysis
  • Single cell analysis
Dongquan Chen, PhD

Dongquan Chen, PhD
Associate Professor
Preventative Medicine
205-975-7131
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  • Microbiome analysis
  • General Bioinformatics
  • Next generation sequence analysis
David K. Crossman, PhD

David K. Crossman, PhD
Instructor 
205-996-4045 
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  • Next generation sequence analysis
  • Exome sequence analysis
  • RNA-seq analysis
Don Dempsey, MS

Don Dempsey, MS
Programmer 
205-934-9522 
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  • Software development
  • Medical education software development
Geoff Gordon, MSEE

Geoff Gordon, MSEE
Co-Director 
205-297-9495
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  • Electronic health record
  • Clinical data warehouse
Curtis Hendrickson

Curtis Hendrickson
Research Associate 
205-975-5240 
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  • Next generation sequence analysis
  • Human genome sequence analysis
  • RNA-seq analysis
  • Variant detection
  • Virus sequence assembly and analysis
Dale Johnson, MS

Dale Johnson, MS
Senior System Analyst
205-996-5659
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Jacqueline Moss PhD, RN, FAAN

Jacqueline Moss PhD, RN, FAAN 
Associate Dean
Technology and Innovation
205-934-0657
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John Osborne, MS

John Osborne, PhD
Assistant Professor of Computer Science,
205-996-0736
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  • Clinical Natural Language Processing
  • Biomedical Applications of Machine Learning
Liam Van Der Pol, MS

Liam Van Der Pol, MS
Bioinformatician II 
205-934-2508 
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  • Next generation sequence analysis
  • Application support and development
  • Microbiome analysis
  • Basic bioinformatics analysis
Jelai Wang

Jelai Wang
Informatics Architect
205-934-2508
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  • Data management systems
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Software design
James H. Willig, MD, MSPH

James H. Willig, MD, MSPH
Co-Director 
205-996-5753
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  • Clinical informatics
  • Data quality
  • Medical education

Auburn University

Eric Peatman, PhD

Eric Peatman, PhD
Associate Professor 
334-844-9319
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HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Devin Absher, PhD

Devin Absher, PhD
Investigator 
256-327-0400
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  • Multi-platform integration
  • Statistical genetics

Louisana State University Health Sciences Center

Judy Crabtree

Judy Crabtree
Assistant Professor, Genetics
Co-Leader, Genomics Core

  • Next generation sequence analysis
  • Biomarker discovery
Zhide Fang

Zhide Fang
Professor, Biostatistics
Interim Director of Biostatistics Program
School of Public Health

  • Statistical analysis and modeling of High-throughput data (microarray and NGS)
  • Survival Analysis, Longitudinal data analysis
  • Design of Experiments
Lucio Miele

Lucio Miele
Professor, Medicine 
Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center 
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  • Multi-platform integration
  • GWAS/GEP correlation
  • Biomarker discovery
Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor
Associate Professor, Microbiology-Immunology 
Co-Leader, Genomics Core
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  • Microbiome/microbial genomics
  • Viral Sequencing
Jovanny Zabaleta

Jovanny Zabaleta
Assistant Professor, Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center
Leader, Stanley Scott Cancer Center Translational Genomics Core

  • Next generation sequence analysis
  • Methylome

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Sujoy Ghosh, PhD

Sujoy Ghosh, PhD
Associate Professor Adjunct 
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  • Bioinformatics analysis of genome-wide association studies
  • Disease and Biomarker Transcriptome analysis
  • Identification of blood-based genomic and genetic biomarkers of whole genome expression profiling
  • Integrative pathway analysis
Ron Horswell, PhD

Ron Horswell, PhD
Associate Professor 
Health Care Quality Improvement
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  • Cost-effectiveness analysis
  • Using and merging data from large clinical databases, including clinical data warehouses
  • Propensity score-based comparisons of treatment effectiveness using observational data
  • Instrumental variables-based comparisons of treatment effectiveness using observational data
  • Design of clinical quality improvement and comparative effectiveness studies
William Johnson, PhD

William Johnson, PhD
Professor, Biostatistics 
Director, Biostatistics Core
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  • Design and analysis of clinical trials
  • Mixed effects statistical models
  • Design and analysis of data from hierarchical clusters of study units
  • Models with repeated measures on multivariate data with patterned covariance structures
  • Analytical methods for identifying latent clusters of multivariate outcomes
  • Reduction of data dimensionality by principal component analysis

Tulane University

Melody Baddoo

Melody Baddoo
Senior Research Scientist 
Cancer Crusaders Next Generation Sequence Analysis Core 
504-988-1345
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  •  microRNA seed identification
  • Circular RNA identification
Erik Flemington, PhD

Erik Flemington, PhD
Zimmerman Professor, Cancer Research
Program Director, Cancer Genetics
Director, Cancer Bioinformatics Core
504-988-1167
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  • De novo assembly
  • Differential gene and/or isoform expression analysis
  • Fusion gene discovery
  • Nucleotide sequence variation identification
  • Microbiome analysis
Michelle Lacey, PhD

Michelle Lacey, PhD
Associate Professor, Mathematics 
Adjunct Associate Professor, Biostatistics 
504-862-3439 
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  • Genomic and Epigenetic Analysis
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Phylogenetics
Jian Li, PhD

Jian Li, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
504-988-1675 
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  • Next generation sequence analysis
  • Statistical genetics
  • Multi-omics
Yao-Zhong Liu, PhD

Yao-Zhong Liu, PhD
Associate Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics 
SPH and Tropical Medicine
504-988-1888
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  • RNA-seq data analysis
  • Genome-wide gene expression
  • Metagenomics
Sudesh Srivastav, PhD

Sudesh Srivastav, PhD
Professor, Biostatistics & Bioinformatics 
504-988-2472 
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  • Experimental design
  • Next generation sequence analysis
  • Statistical genetics

University of South Alabama  

Dan Roach, MD

Dan Roach, MD
Acting Director
Center for Strategic Health Innovation
251-414-8170
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