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Jaroslaw Pillardy

Bioinformatics Facility Director

Jarek became the director of the Bioinformatics Facility in 2004. To read more about Jarek’s expertise and experience, see the leadership page.

Qi Sun

Bioinformatics Facility Co-Director
618 Rhodes Hall

Qi Sun received his Ph.D. in Genetics from California Institute of Technology. After doing a short postdoc at Massachusetts General Hospital, he got a job as a research scientist at the company Proteome where he started his career as a bioinformatician. Qi moved to Cornell in 2001, and has worked at the Bioinformatics Facility since then. His research at Cornell mostly focuses on plant genomics.

Robert Bukowski

Senior Research Associate
620 Rhodes Hall

Robert started his career in quantum chemistry and obtained a PhD in this field in Warsaw, Poland, in 1996. He moved to the University of Delaware where he worked on quantum mechanical predictions of weak intermolecular interactions, and how they determine properties of gases, liquids, and crystals. Fascinated by the human genome sequencing and the huge amounts of data produced by emerging DNA analysis techniques, he joined the Bioinformatics Facility at Cornell in 2006 where he works on high-performance computing (HPC) infrastructure for biological research and on web programming.

Melissa Hubisz

Programmer / Analyst
626 Rhodes Hall

Melissa has been studying population genetics and molecular evolution since 2002, both as a graduate student and a programmer/analyst. She completed her PhD at Cornell University developing methods for inferring population histories, and applying them to human and ancient hominin data. She has developed and contributed to several major software tools for analyzing genetic data, including PHAST, ARGweaver, STRUCTURE, and SweepFinder.

Adriano Manocchia

Programmer / Analyst
619 Rhodes Hall

Adriano studied Animal Science at Cornell University and started working in the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine department of Clinical Sciences, in collaboration with the Baker Institute for Animal Health. He spent several years engaged in practical and analytical research work on canine hip dysplasia before accepting a position in the Biotechnology Resource Center. After a year working on DNA sequencing, Adriano transitioned to the Bioinformatics Facility as the primary developer of the Laboratory Information Management System, which was built from the ground up and is used by each facility today.

Jeff Glaubitz

Senior Research Associate
621 Rhodes Hall

Jeff has a Ph.D. in Forest Molecular Genetics from University of Berkeley California and developed his programming expertise during postdoctoral works at the CSIRO and Purdue University. From 2005 to 2016, Jeff was Project Manager of Panzea, a NSF-funded Plant Genome Research Project. Since 2016, he has been a bioinformatician and web developer in the Bioinformatics and Genomics Facilities. He uses his combined experience in molecular biology and programming to assist researchers with their bioinformatics analyses.

Minghui Wang

Research Associate
616 Rhodes Hall

Minghui Wang received his PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He joined the Bioinformatics Facility in 2011, bringing his expertise in genomic, epigenomic, and transcriptomic data analysis. His responsibilities include developing and maintaining computational pipelines, especially for low depth sequencing data, and working with wet lab collaborators to validate computational predictions. Additionally, Minghui is developing a machine learning model to predict the molecular mechanisms controlling crossover formation in Maize. 

Cheng Zou

Research Associate
622 Rhodes Hall

Cheng Zou received her PhD in plant molecular biology in Peking University, China. She did her postdoctoral studies at Michigan State University (MSU) with professor Shinhan Shiu, working on the evolution of gene regulation. During her time at MSU, Cheng also completed a masters’ degree in Statistics. She joined the Bioinformatics Facility in January 2018 and began working as a research associate with Qi Sun on bioinformatics analysis assisting molecular breeding.

John Flaherty

Desktop & Network Support Manager

John is a career IT solution provider who came to Cornell in 2005. He manages desktop and network support for all the Biotechnology Resource Center’s core facilities and several other client groups around campus. He also maintains and supports the BRC software subscription program, which provides affordable research software access to over 140 PI’s laboratories at Cornell.

Jerri Lee

IT Support Associate

A twenty year IT veteran, Jerri joined the Institute of Biotechnology in 2014. She started her IT career with two successive system administration positions at Claritas (now Nielsen Market Research). Led by her interest in customer service and face-to-face interactions, Jerri then moved to a desktop support job at Tetra Tech Architects and Engineers (formerly The Thomas Group). Jerri specializes in maintenance and management of software and OS for customers and instruments.

Taylor Bennett

IT Support Associate

Taylor started his career in IT support at Broome-Tioga Boces. He joined Cornell 13 years ago, providing his IT support expertise to the College of Veterinary Medicine. Taylor accepted a position at the Cornell Institute of Biotechnology in 2019 where his responsibilities cover user desktop support and system administration. He also manages and maintains software and operating systems on the computers that control all the highly technical instruments at the Institute.