Yvonne EdwardsAssociate Professor and Director of Bioinformatics

Research Areas
Bioinformatics to study Complex Biological Systems and Disease; Precision Medicine


Dr Edwards holds a PhD and an MS in Bioinformatics from Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom and a BS in Biochemistry and Pharmacology from Kings College, University of London, United Kingdom.

Dr Edwards has over 20 years of leadership experience in Bioinformatics research and development environments in world class organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. Dr Edwards has expertise in the application of next-generation sequencing technologies to study genetic variation in human health and disease at the genome, transcriptome, and proteome levels. Dr Edwards has a track record of making highly recognized research contributions and enabling next generation sequencing technologies to support clinical research to study various types of cancers, (pancreatic, ovarian, breast, melanoma, renal, colorectal, cervical), and other complex medical conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, COPD, Cystic Kidney Disease, metabolic syndromes, deafness syndromes and HIV infectious disease. She has experience in management and scientific leadership of small- to medium-sized groups to successfully deliver complex, cross-functional informatics projects. Dr Edwards is a scientific contributor of over 50 peer-reviewed PubMed publications. Furthermore, she has co-authored an additional 50 book reviews, book chapters, conference abstracts and presentations. Dr Edwards is a reviewer for several Genomics and Bioinformatics journals and serves as an Associate Editor and Editorial Board member for Briefings in Bioinformatics ranked #1 in the Mathematical and Computational Biology category, Impact Factor 13.994. Dr Edwards has secondary appointment with the Department of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology and scientific membership with the Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center and the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center.


Graduate School
PhD., Birkbeck College, University of London, London, United Kingdom


Kaul Human Genetics Building
Building Room 540C
720 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294