Genomics Scientists

Genomic projects—and the huge data sets they generate—underpin almost all aspects of modern biology. Stowers Institute genomics scientists apply their extensive experience in both molecular biology and computational sciences to genomics-based research projects, allowing investigators to make effective use of the immense amount of data generated. Collaborating closely with individual research groups, they provide advanced genomic expertise and analytical support as well as customized training to manage growing data volumes and optimizing experimental designs. Genomics scientists also develop novel genomic and computational tools to explore new approaches to extracting meaningful information from genomic data sets.


Sofia Robb, Ph.D.

Sofia Robb graduated with a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore  in 1999. She began integrating scripting and the use of databases with her experiments while working as a technician in the laboratory of Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado in the Department of Embryology at the Carnegie Institute, and she remained with the Sánchez laboratory after its move to the University of Utah for her doctoral work where she studied histone modifying enzymes and their role in stem cells and regeneration in the planarian flatworm, Schmidtea mediterranean. Robb also constructed numerous genomic tools for this emerging non-model organism and continued integrating the genome with bioinformatic tools as a postdoctoral associate at the University of California Riverside with Jason Stajich and Susan Wessler studying active transposable elements in rice. At the Stowers Institute, Robb is currently involved in several genomics initiatives, including establishing a collection of tools for the analysis of genomes and genome-wide data of non-model organisms.



Chris Seidel, Ph.D.
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Chris Seidel has 25 years of experience as a biologist and an experimentalist. He works closely with Stowers researchers to develop and execute strategies for bringing genomics to bear on biological problems, including experimental design, data analysis, development of novel reagents, and bioinformatics. He designs novel microarrays, genomic primer sets, and data analysis pipelines for experimental approaches involving high-throughput sequencing.

Seidel grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and studied biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He completed graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, studying transcription elongation in the laboratory of Caroline Kane. He has worked in the biotech industry as a Senior Scientist and led a small team of researchers to develop the first bioinformatically optimized reagents for spotted microarray production, including an array to tackle malaria in collaboration with Joseph DeRisi at UCSF. After building microarray robots at UC Berkeley and Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute, Seidel joined the Stowers Institute where he develops novel genomic reagents and analysis pipelines, and continues to do research in genomics.