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The faculty at the Institute for Genome Sciences have multi-disciplinary backgrounds in microbiology, infectious disease, epidemiology, immunology and other fields that further their genome research.

Our specialty areas include microbial genomics, infectious diseases, plant biology, cancer genomics, human genetic variation, bioinformatics, organismal diversity and evolution, metagenomics, and protein function. We collaborate with other investigators worldwide to help translate the data from our research into developing new diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics. View IGS Faculty Publications.

We also have appointments at the world-renowned University of Maryland School of Medicine, where we teach medical and graduate students.

Leadership Areas of Specialty Contact
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Jacques Ravel PhD

Acting Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Host-Microbe Community Interaction, Food-Borne Pathogen Genomics, Chemical Genomics
Lab Site
jravel [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Claire M. Fraser PhD

Founding Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Dean E. Albert Reece Endowed Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Professor, Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Areas of Specialty: Human Microbiome, Comparative microbial genomics, Pathogen diversity and evolution, Host-pathogen interactions, Microbial forensics Contact: cmfraser [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Owen White PhD

Associate Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Associate Director, Research Collaboration and Development, Institute for Genome Sciences

Professor, Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Areas of Specialty: Bioinformatics, Epidemiology, Comparative Genomics Contact: owhite [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Joana Carneiro Da Silva PhD

Associate Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Associate Director, Research, Institute for Genome Sciences

Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Areas of Specialty: Eukaryotic pathogen genomics; Pathogen evolution; Genome Evolution; Vaccine Development Contact: jcsilva [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Michelle Gwinn-Giglio PhD

Associate Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Associate Director of Education and Outreach, Institute for Genome Sciences

Associate Director for Analysis, Informatics Resource Center, Institute for Genome Sciences

Associate Professor, Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Areas of Specialty: Genomics, Biocuration, Ontologies, Metagenomics, Bioinformatics Contact: mgiglio [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Chief Information Officer, Institute for Genome Sciences

Executive Director, Software Engineering and IT, Maryland Genomics

Areas of Specialty: Genomic Analysis, Bioinformatics, Visualization Tool Development, Database Design, High-throughput Computing Architecture, Application Development. Contact: amahurkar [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Ramaswamy Iyer PhD

Associate Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Associate Director, Translational Clinical Genomics, Institute for Genome Sciences

Executive Director, Clinical Genomics, Maryland Genomics

Associate Professor, Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Areas of Specialty: CAP/CLIA-certified Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Operations and Interpretation Contact: riyer [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Luke Tallon AB

Associate Director, Institute for Genome Sciences

Associate Director, Core Services, Institute for Genome Sciences

Senior Executive Director, Maryland Genomics

Research Associate, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Areas of Specialty: Sequencing Technology, Bioinformatics, Genomic Analysis, Molecular Biology Contact: ljtallon [at] som.umaryland.edu

Faculty Member Areas of Specialty Contact
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Seth Ament PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Human Genetics, Neuroscience, Systems Biology
Lab Site
sament [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Victor Borda Pua PhD
Research Associate

Human genetics, population genomics and genetic history
vborda [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Rebecca Brotman PhD, MPH
Professor, Epidemiology & Public Health

Reproductive & Infectious Diseases Epidemiology
rbrotman [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Vincent Bruno PhD
Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology

Fungal Pathogenesis Host-Pathogen Interactions Functional Genomics
vbruno [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Joana Carneiro Da Silva PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology

Eukaryotic pathogen genomics; Pathogen evolution; Genome Evolution; Vaccine Development
jcsilva [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Scott Devine PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine (Endocrinology)

Human Genetic Variation
sdevine [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Franck Dumetz PhD
Research Associate

Molecular Parasitology, RNA biology, Leishmania, Plasmodium
fdumetz [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Julie Dunning Hotopp PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology

Host-Microbe Interactions
Lab Site
jdhotopp [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Ankit Dwivedi PhD
Research Associate

Parasitology, genome assemblies from malaria infections
adwivedi [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Vonetta Edwards PhD
Research Associate

Host-Pathogen Interactions, Vaginal Microbiome, STI co-infections
vedwards [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Michael France PhD
Research Associate

Ecology, microbiology, microbiome analysis and genomics
mfrance [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Pawel M. Gajer PhD
Research Associate, Microbiology & Immunology

Microbiology, Immunology
pgajer [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Daria Gaykalova PhD
Associate Professor

Cancer Epigenetics
dgaykalova [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Michelle Gwinn-Giglio PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine, Associate Director, Analysis

Genomics, Biocuration, Ontologies, Metagenomics, Bioinformatics
mgiglio [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Tracy Hazen PhD
Assistant Professor

Infectious Diseases, Enteric Pathogenesis, Functional Genomics
thazen [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Brian Herb PhD
Research Associate

Bioinformatics
bherb [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Johanna Holm PhD
Assistant Professor

Host-Microbe Community Interaction
Lab Site
jholm [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Ramaswamy Iyer PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine; Executive Director, Clinical Genomics Lab

Clinical Genomics
riyer [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Bing Ma PhD
Assistant Professor

Human Microbiome, Comparative Genomics, Host-Microbe Interaction
bma [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Evelina Mocci PhD
Research Associate

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emocci [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Timothy O'Connor PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Human Evolutionary Genomics; Genotype/Phenotype Architecture; Computational Biology
toconnor [at] som.umaryland.edu
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David Rasko PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology

Infectious Diseases, Enteric Pathogenesis, Functional Genomics
Lab Site
drasko [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Lynn Schriml PhD
Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Public Health

Infectious Diseases, Disease Ontology
lschriml [at] som.umaryland.edu
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David Serre PhD
Professor

Genomics
Lab Site
dserre [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Michelle Shardell PhD
Professor

Biostatistics, gerontology
mshardell [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Luke Tallon AB
Senior Executive Scientific Director, Maryland Genomics; Associate Director of Core Services

Microbiology and Immunology
ljtallon [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Herve S.G. Tettelin PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology

Infectious diseases, Functional Genomics, Bioinformatics
Lab Site
tettelin [at] som.umaryland.edu

Affiliate Faculty Member Areas of Specialty Contact
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Susan Dorsey PhD
Associate Professor

Areas of Specialty: Genetic and genomic alterations; neuromuscular performance and chronic pain plasticity.
Contact: sdorsey [at] son.umaryland.edu
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W. Florian Fricke PhD
Professor, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

Areas of Specialty: Human microbiome, strain-level microbiota dynamics, microbial genomics, applied bioinformatics
Contact: wffricke [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Brantley Hall PhD
Affiliate Faculty

Areas of Specialty: Gut Health, Metabolomics
Contact: brantley [at] umd.edu
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Iqbal Hamza Ph.D.
Professor, Pediatrics, Microbiology and Immunology, Center for Blood Oxygen Transport and Hemostasis, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Animal and Avian Sciences, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, University of Maryland College Park

Areas of Specialty: Genetics and Genomics of Heme Trafficking in Iron Metabolism and Anemia; Host-Pathogen Interactions; Chemical Genetics Lab site: https://hamza.umd.edu/
Contact: ihamza [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Ronna Hertzano MD, PhD
Professor

Areas of Specialty: Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
Lab Site
Contact: rhertzano [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Andrew Neuwald PhD
Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Areas of Specialty: Predicting Protein Function & Mechanisms, Bioinformatics
Contact: aneuwald [at] som.umaryland.edu
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Chamindi Seneviratne MD
Assistant Professor

Areas of Specialty: Molecular genetics, genomics and pharmacogenetics of Alcohol and other drug use disorders
Contact: csenevi [at] som.umaryland.edu
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