Wylie Lab

Todd N. Wylie

I have over 20 years experience in large-scale genomics, applying biology, informatics, and analytic skills to a wide range of scientific research. I am highly experienced in the technology development and informatics operations of a large genome center. Early in my career, I contributed to the International Human Genome Sequencing Consortium that sequenced and mapped the first human genome [PMID: 11237011]. Subsequently, I contributed to the sequencing and analysis of other landmark model organisms, including mouse, macaque, platypus, soybean, zebrafish, toxoplasma, and numerous parasitic and free-living nematode species. I contributed to the sequencing and publication of the first human cancer genome [PMID: 18987736], a patient with acute myeloid leukemia, as well as subsequent projects involving sequence data from human cancers. I worked 9 years in the area of technology development at The McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) under Dr. Elaine R. Mardis, managing a small, agile group of bioinformaticians. This role required being the informatics/analysis “glue” between the development wet lab, bioinformatics team, testing and training, and other collaborative groups at the institute. As such, I have extensive experience handling and analyzing high throughput sequencing data as produced by multiple next-generation sequencing platforms. Prior to joining the Department of Pediatrics, I directed Dr. George Weinstock’s microbial computing group, focusing on software development and analysis for the study of human and microbial genomes. I also have an extensive background in targeted sequence capture, transcriptomics, and the analysis of whole exome data. My colleagues and I recently developed a comprehensive targeted sequence capture panel called ViroCap [PMID: 26395152], designed to enrich nucleic acid from DNA and RNA viruses. This tool will greatly enhance the study of eukaryotic DNA and RNA viruses and takes us closer to using high-throughput sequencing as a comprehensive viral diagnostic tool.

Principal investigator

Todd N. Wylie

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

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