Yuriy Fofanov, PhD

Yuriy Fofanov, PhD

Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology,
Director of Genomics and Bioinformatics Lab

Tel: (409) 772-6328
Fax: (409) 772-0725
E-mail: yufofano@utmb.edu
Campus Location: 5.426 Research Bldg 6
Mail Route: 0304


Our laboratory specializes in the research areas of Bioinformatics, Applied Statistics, Mathematical Modeling and Information Theory. We are particularly interested in environmental metagenomics and the analysis of human DNA. Our focus includes the development of new methodologies for the analysis and interpretation of next generation DNA sequencing (NGS) data and to create new computational tools for the rapid analysis of NGS data. Such computational tools under development are for the detection of:

  1. Unknown and known pathogens in complex backgrounds such as environmental (soil, water or air) and clinical samples
  2. Changes in the host genome caused by environmental changes or by diseased states all of which can alter the copy number or methylation patterns
  3. Changes in the metagenome of environmental samples due to man-made or natural disasters including the loss of microbial diversity or the appearance of specific bacterial populations
  4. Microbial metagenomes involved in industrial applications such as biofilm analysis and bio corrosion