MEEI Bioinformatics Center (MBC)

The Bioinformatics Center at MEEI (MBC) was established in early 2014 and is directed by Dr. Xiaowu Gai.The MBC focuses on providing bioinformatics support and data analysis to both internal and external institutions.

The MBC Team

Daniel Navarro

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Daniel Navarro graduated from the University of Alicant, Spain in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. Daniel worked as a Linux System Administrator for several years. Later before he work with next generation sequencing projects as a Bioinformaticien at Medical Genome Project in Seville, Spain.

In December of 2012, Daniel Navarro joined to Pierce's lab to work as a Bioinformaticist at the Ocular Genomics Institute, where he participates in diverse projects.

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 Lishuang Shen, PhD

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Dr. Lishuang Shen graduated from Shandon University in 1993 with a Master’s degree in genetics and bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, and obtained Ph.D degree in Genomics from Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1996.

Dr. Shen’s research career started in plant genomics and transited to bioinformatics after getting a MS degree for bioinformatics in 2002 .Since 2001, his research focused on bioinformatics for genomics data analysis and integration, and on developing databases and tools. The projects include: PLEXdb, a plant microarray databases (2003-2005, Iowa State University), bioinformatics support (GWAS, haplotype, and bioinformatics analysis) to an international project on human type 2 diabetes (2005-2007, McGill University), NGS data analysis (2007-2009, UofT and SickKids, Toronto), and applications of NGS data and microarray data in genomic and epigenomic characterizations in various animal models (2010-2013, Cornell University) including breast cancer and immunodeficiency.

Dr. Shen’s joined MEEI as bioinformaticist in January 2014, and is working on establishing the Mitochondrial Disease Sequence Data Resource (MSeqDR), eye diseases, and other human genomics projects.

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Phone: 617-573-6891


Joe White, PhD


Joseph White obtained his B.S in Biochemistry form Centre College in Danville, KY before earning his Ph.D in Genetics from North Carolina State University. He went on to do his post doc at Michigan State University.

Joe worked for several years as an Assistant Professor in Research at Michigan State and then as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Western Michigan University before becoming a senior Staff Scientist at the Institute for Genomic Research in Rockland, MD. In 2005, Joe joined the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as Senior Research Scientist.

Joseph White is a geneticist working in Bioinformatics at the Ocular Genomics Institute, where his research involves processing, managing and analyzing Next Generation Sequence data.

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Phone: 617-573-6905

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