Dr. Judy Crabtree, Director
Dr. Judy Crabtree is the Director for the SOM Genomics Core and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics. Dr. Crabtree has been working in the field of genomics since her graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Bruce Roe at the University of Oklahoma’s Advanced Center for Genomic Technology. This was one of the original laboratories funded by the NIH to sequence DNA as a part of The Human Genome Project. Dr. Crabtree’s graduate efforts resulted in the production and annotation of over 0.8Mb of DNA sequencing data from portions of human chromosomes 9, 11 and 22, the identification of the gene for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, type I, and several technology developments that resulted in higher throughput and accuracy of DNA sequencing data. Dr. Crabtree has first-hand experience with the rapidly evolving field of genomic technology and has watched the field progress from manual radioactive Sanger sequencing to the first automated DNA sequencers to the Next Generation Sequencing available today. As Director of the SOM Genomics Core, Dr. Crabtree is available for advising and consulting, along with Dr. Chris Taylor (see below), to assist LSUHSC faculty with experimental design, methodology and appropriate partners to accomplish genomic analyses. She is responsible for establishing agreements with outside partner contract research organizations to expand the available genomics services available to LSUHSC researchers. View Dr. Crabtree's Biosketch
Dr. Chris Taylor, Bioinformatics
Dr. Chris Taylor is the Bioinformatics Manager for the SOM Genomics Core and Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology. Dr. Taylor has been working in the field of bioinformatics and productively collaborating with biologists for more than a decade. During his graduate studies, he spent nearly 5 years working in a molecular biology lab focusing on DNA replication and chromatin structure in the human genome working with genome-tiling microarrays, an early precursor of high-throughput DNA sequencing. Dr. Taylor has an educational background in mathematics and computer science that complements his current research focus in genomics and high-throughput sequencing. Dr. Taylor has developed analysis methods for a variety of experimental data sets using high throughput sequencing including data produced on the 454 Genome Sequencer FLX, Illumina’s GA IIe, and the newer Illumina MiSeq and HiSeq instruments. This work has included RNA sequencing studies and studies of microbial communities (microbiome), ultimately leading to the development of an entire distributed software system for RNA sequence analysis and a computational framework for metagenomic sequencing. As the Bioinformatics Manager, Dr. Taylor advises and directs LSUHSC faculty on the analysis and interpretation of data from large scale genomics projects in addition to designing and developing software for visualization, analysis and storage of high-throughput genomics data.