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Bioinformatics Resource Center

Personnel




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Derek M Pavelec, Ph.D.
Director, Bioinformatics Resource Center
Biotechnology Center, room 1274
Email: brc@biotech.wisc.edu

Background: Derek joined the UWBC Bioinformatics Resource Center in 2012.  He earned Bachelor’s degrees in biology and biochemistry from Wartburg College.  He received a PhD in molecular pharmacology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  During the early days of next-generation sequencing, he developed methods to use the technology to study the molecular mechanism of RNA interference.  He worked as Molecular Geneticist and the Director of Informatics for PreventionGentics, a clinical testing laboratory, to develop clinical tests based on high throughput sequencing platforms.  In 2012, he returned to the University of Wisconisn as a bioinformatician working on human genomic testing for the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.  Derek was named the director of the Bioinformatics Resource Center in 2016.


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Jean-Yves Sgro, Ph.D.
Instructor, Bioinformatics Resource Center
Biotechnology Center, room 2106
Email: jsgro@wisc.edu

Background: Jean-Yves has been teaching the Next Gen. hands-on workshop for the Bioinformatics Resource Center since 2012, a natural evolution from microarray data analysis started in 2005. Jean-Yves has been at UW since 1986 after a Master in Physiology and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Joseph Fourier University, Grenoble, France, researched at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EBML) where he already trained in sequence analysis with, coincidentally, a software developed at the Biotechnology Center. This wet-lab and computer expertise allied with 3D molecular visualization methods and other computer analyzes were key to his joining the Biotechnology Center in 1996 to help Campus biologists analyze or visualize their data, while continuing research at the Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) until 2014 when this part-time position was transferred to the Biochemistry department. His knowledge on older computer systems helped him develop the current workshops that are based on open-source software data analysis providing extensive hands-on training.

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Irene Ong, Ph.D.
Associate Director, UWCCC Informatics Shared Resource
Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research
Phone: 265-2359
Email: irene.ong@wisc.edu

Background: Irene joined the UWBC Bioinformatics Resource Center in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology with a joint appointment in Biostatistics and Medical Informatics. She is the Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center's Cancer Informatics Shared Resource. Irene earned a dual-bachelor's in Computer Sciences and Biological Sciences from Cornell University before completing a PhD in Computer Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Mark Berres, Ph.D.
Bioinformatician, Bioinformatics Resource Center
Biotechnology Center, room 1320
Email: brc@biotech.wisc.edu

Background: Mark joined the UWBC Bioinformatics Resource Center in 2016.  He received a B.S. in Genetics and Cellular Biology at the University of Minnesota - St. Paul and a PhD in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focused on how mating systems affect the genetic population structure of both passerine and non-passerine birds, especially manakins, hummingbirds and Red Junglefowl. After completing a postdoc in Genomic Sciences at UW-Madison, he continued ornithological research at UW-Madison also teaching many courses including Ornithology, Birds of Southern Wisconsin, and Avian Physiology for ten years. He conceived of and developed the patented WeBIRD (Wisconsin Electronic Bird Identification Resource Database) technology, first as a research tool to monitor birds in remote areas, and then as a mobile educational application that supports learners identifying birds in the field. Joining the Bioinformatics Resource Center in 2016, his emphasis on interdisciplinary and integrated activities continues and combined with expertise in molecular and population genetics, statistics, and bioinformatics, supports varied research themes for other investigators. He can often be found Saturday mornings at the Biocore Prairie Bird Banding Observatory mist-netting birds during the spring and fall months.

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Sailendharan Sudakaran, Ph.D.
Microbiome Hub Manager
Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, room 1156
Email: brc@biotech.wisc.edu

Background: Sailendharan joined the UWBC Bioinformatics Resource Center in 2018.  He has a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from University of Madras, India.  He has a Master’s degree in “Industrial and Commercial Biotechnology” from Newcastle University, United Kingdom.  He received a PhD from the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology, Germany.  Sailendharan is the manager of the Madison Microbiome Hub (a joint venture between the UW Biotechnology Center and the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery) and the Multi Omics Hub Coordinator.

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Dean Sanders, Ph.D.
Bioinformatician, Bioinformatics Resource Center
Biotechnology Center, room 1274
Email: brc@biotech.wisc.edu

Background: Dean joined the UWBC Bioinformatics Resource Center in 2018.  He began his career in science studying Microbiology at the  the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  He later pursued postgraduate education in Bacteriology (MS) and Genetics (PhD) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dean's PhD thesis focused on epigenetic mechanisms that control plant development and response to the environment. Currently, Dean is optimizing data analysis pipelines for population-wide genotyping and genotype imputation, genomic selection, and de novo genome assembly.  He is fascinated by the study of molecular and population genetic principles, and excited to contribute analysis expertise to the ongoing sequencing data revolution.