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Team

Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Core
Mary Winn, Ph. D.
Core Manager

Dr. Winn is Van Andel Research Institute’s Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core manager. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at VARI before moving to the manager position in 2013. She also serves as an instructor at Van Andel Institute Graduate School. Winn’s research focuses, in part, on the translation of genomics to the clinic through the development of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of disease.

 

 

Core Team

Megan Bowman, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics scientist

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Megan Bowman joined the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core as a bioinformatics scientist in January 2016. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed postdoctoral training in genomics and bioinformatics with the USDA and Michigan State University. Her focus is on the analysis of various high throughput sequencing data and its application to the biomedical sciences, as well as teaching, outreach and mentoring. Megan serves as the primary sequencing analyst for the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core.

Ben Johnson, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics scientist

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As a bioinformatics scientist, Dr. Ben Johnson focuses on the analysis of various high-throughput sequencing approaches and their applications to the biomedical sciences, as well as teaching, mentoring and outreach. He earned a B.S. in biology and biochemistry from Calvin College and his Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from Michigan State University. As part of his graduate work, he developed computational tools (HAARP and SPARTA) to identify novel inhibitors of pH-dependent adaptation in Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) in order make treatment more effective and, as a result, shorter. He joined VARI’s Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core in May 2016.

Zach Madaj, M.S.
Biostatistician

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Zach Madaj joined the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core as a biostatistician in 2015. A graduate of the University of Michigan (M.S., biostatistics) and Grand Valley State University (B.S., mathematics), he brings statistical analysis, consulting, and teaching experience to the core. His focus is on study design, statistical analysis, and the development of educational resources.