Bioinformatics and Genomics

With top-ranked programs in genomics, reproductive sciences, statistics, systems engineering, and computer science, Texas A&M is helping define the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics. Researchers at our National Cancer Institute-sponsored Bioinformatics, Biostatistics and Nutrition Training Program—one of the nation’s few post-doctoral programs in biostatistics—are exploring links between nutrition and cancer. Pathbreaking research in bioinformatics system engineering is generating new knowledge for application in patient diagnostics and treatments and in animal and plant sciences. Genetic modifications developed here have the potential to impact the future of pharmaceutical delivery worldwide.

The Center for Statistical Bioinformatics develops and promotes the use of modern statistical methodology in genomics, with special focus on microarray studies, proteomics, statistical genetics and molecular biology. Faculty include: Bani Mallick, Raymond Carroll, Aniruddha Datta, Edward Dougherty, Jeff Hart, and others.

Institute of Biosciences and Technology committed to improving the quality of healthcare through education and advanced and innovative molecular research in bioscience and medicine. Cheryl Walker, Director.

The Center for Translational Environmental Health Research  Researchers accelerate the process of advancing basic scientific discoveries and translating them into treatment and prevention approaches for individuals at the highest risk for environmental diseases. Cheryl Lyn Walker, Director.

The Center for Environmental and Rural Health: Genomics and Bioinformatics Facility Core  The core provides both basic and advanced analysis of expression data. Faculty include:  Robert Chapkin, Director, Laurie Davidson, Naisyin Wang, Edward Dougherty, Ivan Ivanov, Bani Mallick, Raymond Carroll, and Suojin Wang.

The Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Laboratory of the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center is housed in the new IMIL facilities at the Medical Research Building in Temple. Dr. Vincent VanBuren serves as the Director of the CBBL, and conducts independent research in the field of Computational Systems Biology.

Center for Bioinformatics Systems Engineering –  This cooperative effort between Texas AgriLife Research and the Texas Engineering Experiment Service focuses on fundamental systems theoretic research in the general areas of bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology as related to health care, veterinary medicine, and agriculture. It constitutes both an active research group aimed at fundamental knowledge and a cross-institution graduate student training program in theoretical and translational analytics.

Genomic Signal Processing has a core of faculty specializing in bioinformatics. Edward Dougherty, Director.

Institute for Genome Science and Society functions as a virtual institute to unite genome scientists with researchers who study the social, economic, and ethical consequences and impacts of genomics technology, as well as bioinformatics scientists who conduct research on how to analyze and manage large datasets such as those generated by high-throughput genomics experiments.  David Threadgill, Director.

Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology The mission of the AgriLife Institute is to develop plant biotechnology, genomics, and related life science technologies and to foster technology utilization and crop improvement through multidisciplinary research activities on model plant systems, field, forest, and horticultural crops.

Genomics and Bioinformatics Center Provides next generation sequencing and bioinformatics services. Charles Johnson, Director

Bioenergy, Systems Biology and Bioinformatics Laboratory Has developed various data analysis tools including real-time PCR statistical data analysis tools and a software package for cross platform transcriptome analysis. Faculty include:  Susie Dai, Joshua Yuan

Laboratory for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology  Provides DNA Sequencing and Genome Analysis Instrumentation, Eun-Gyu No, Director

Texas Agrilife Genomics and Bioinformatics Services Facility Provides access to latest genomic technologies, world-class bioinformatics expertise and technology development to meet the next generation sequencing and bioinformatics needs of TAMU and the broader research community. Craig Nessler,Director.

The Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine (TIGM) Serves as a major resouce to the international scientific community providing knockout mice and embyronic stem cells. Ben Morpurgo, Executive Director, Michael McLeod, Director of Scientific Computing

Molecular Cytogenetics and Genomics Laboratory research initiatives in cytogenetics, genomics, and functional genetics focusing on diseases, important phenotypes of domestic animals and conservation genetics of endangered species. Bhanu Chowdhary, PI

Center for Animal Biotechnology and Genomics Bovine Genomic Research, James Womack, Director

Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, Avian Genomics Program, Ian Tizard, Director.

Laboratory for Molecular Simulation:  The LMS provides access to and training to use advanced modeling software. Michael B. Hall. Director.


Selected Research Initiatives

African Wildlife Conservation: Genomics, Genetics and Health Conservation genomics uses biotechnology for the conservation and restoration of biodiversity.


Bioinformatic and Genomic Faculty Groups

The Alliance for Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Systems Biology Texas A&M University has an active and expanding interdisciplinary research and educational program in bioinformatics, computational biology and systems biology. The objective of the Alliance for Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, and Systems Biology (ABCS) is to bring together researchers at TAMU in the broad areas covered by ABCS and to build communities and facilitate synergistic research and educational activities.

Statistical Bioinformatics Faculty

Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics Faculty in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,

Bioinformatics Faculty in the College of Science,

Biomedical Imaging and Genomics Signal Processing Group in Electrical Engineering,

Genetics Faculty at Texas A&M,

Genetics Faculty in the College of Science,

The College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Pathobiology Core Facility for Transgenic/Gene Targeting


Additional Texas A&M Bioinformatic and Genomic Faculty Expertise

Tiffani L. Williams:  Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, phylogeny, high-performance computing, optimization, performance analysis

Sing-Hoi Sze: Bioinformatics/Computational Biology, multiple sequence alignment, motif finding with applications to predicting transcription factor binding sites, biological network analysis, identification of gene clusters within genomes,

Nancy Amato     Motion planning, computational biology, robotics, computational geometry, animation, CAD, VR, parallel and distributed computing, parallel algorithms, performance modeling, and optimization

Thomas Ioerger   Artificial intelligence, machine learning, intelligent agents, bioinformatics

Ulisses de Mendonca Braga-Neto: Bioinformatics, Functional Genomics/Immunomics, Computational Biology, Statistical Pattern Recognition,

James Cai, novel statistical tests to empower the identification of genomic variants underlying genetic disorders and complex traits.

Charles Criscione, basic and applied questions spanning the intersections of genetics, evolution, and ecology,

Martin Dickman:  Plant Genomics Sequencing,

Konstantin Krutovsky:  Plant Population Genomics,

Clare Gill:  Bovine Genomics, McGregor Genomics Project

Scott Finlayson, plant reproduction and development,

Dirk Hays, cereal grain development genetics,

David Stelly, plant breeding, genetics, molecular and environmental plant sciences,

Hongbin Zhang, plant genomics and molecular genetics,

Penny Riggs:  Bovine Functional Genomics,

Mike Criscitiello:  Vertebrate Genomics Sequencing –

Scott Dindot: Vertebrate Genomics Sequencing –


Selected Educational Programs

Training Program in Biostatistics, Bioinformatics , Nutrition and Cancer,

Interdisciplinary Genetics Program,

Health Promotion and Genomics Lab,

Biomedical Genomics Program in the College for Veterinary Medicine,