Meet the Team
Biju Issac, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Bioinformatics Core Leader
Dr. Issac has experience in bioinformatics analysis of Microarrays and Next-Gen sequencing experiments. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, for designing and implementing web based applications related to prediction of protein coding genes and repetitive regions in whole genomes. He earned his Masters and Bachelors degree from Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, India. Dr. Issac uses part of his time developing various computational approaches to understand the differences in gene regulatory patterns in ‘normal’ and various tumors thereby potentially identifying drug targets. Before joining SCCC he was a postdoctoral Visiting Fellow at National Institutes of Health at Bethesda, MD where he analyzed microarray data from tumors to identify differentially expressed genes. He also briefly worked at Massachusetts General Hospital and Broad Institute at Boston, MA, as a postdoctoral fellow studying chromatin modifications in Mouse stem cells using ChIP-Seq data.
Camilo Valdes, Bioinformatics Support
Mr. Valdes is a computer scientist, and a senior analyst for gene expression analysis, at the Center for Computational Science (CCS). He spends part of his time as a software architect and lead developer for several bioinformatics tools and services designed to assist researchers with the analysis of biological and medical data. Mr. Valdes also is responsible for differential expression analyses of regulated genes using various computational approaches. Mr. Valdes grew up in Miami, and graduated from Florida International University (FIU), where he obtained two Bachelors of Science degrees: Computer and Information Sciences, and Biology. Before joining CCS, Mr. Valdes was part of FIU’s Bioinformatics Research Group where he developed systematic and comprehensive comparative genomics tools, strategies, and algorithms for genomic analyses of pathogenic bacteria.