The Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core provides comprehensive, high-quality bioinformatics and statistics expertise for Van Andel Institute and external organizations.

The Core develops and maintains automated and customizable workflows for processing and analyzing many types of genomic data; supports the design of rational, robust and reproducible experiments and proposals; assists in the preparation of manuscripts, grants and presentations; and provides education and training in the use of cutting-edge software and analysis methods. The Core can contribute to many types of bioinformatics or statistical projects.

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  • 120 peer-reviewed papers published in 2023
  • 62 peer-reviewed papers published in high-impact journals in 2023
  • 55 clinical trials launched to date

Services include:

  • Statistical consulting
  • Experimental design
    • Research proposal development
    • Sample size determination
    • Randomization procedures
  • Manuscript preparation and data deposition
  • Genome variant identification, annotation and visualization
  • Analysis of high-throughput or genome-scale data
    • Bulk and single-cell RNA-Seq and differential gene expression
    • ChIP-Seq, ATAC-Seq, CUT&RUN
    • Spatial molecular profiling
    • Whole Genome Bisulfite Sequencing (WGBS)
    • Metabolomics and lipidomics
  • Systems-level bioinformatics
    • Gene Over Representation Analysis (ORA)
    • Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA)
    • Interaction networks
    • Functional enrichment analysis
    • Pathway analysis
  • Analysis, interpretation and presentation of data
    • Time-series
    • Tumor growth
    • Drug response
  • Genome assembly and annotation
  • Joint analysis of multiple genomic data sets
  • Custom application and tool development

For more information on services and pricing, please contact Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core at [email protected].

Selected Publications


Sha Q, Fu Z, Escobar Galvis ML, Madaj Z, Underwood MD, Steiner JA, Dwork A, Simpson N, Galfalvy H, Rozoklija G, Achtyes EA, Mann JJ, Brundin L. 2023. Integrative transcriptome- and DNA methylation analysis of brain tissue from the temporal pole in suicide decedents and their controls. Mol Psych.

Diegel CR, Kramer I, Moes C, Foxa GE, McDonald MJ, Madaj ZB, Guth S, Liu J, Harris JL, Kneissel M, Williams BO. 2023. Inhibiting WNT secretion reduces high bone mass caused by Sost loss-of-function or gain-of-function in Lrp5. Bone Res 11(1):47.

Dues DJ, Tran Nguyen AP, Becker K, Ma J, Moore DJ. 2023. Hippocampal subfield vulnerability to α-synuclein pathology precedes neurodegeneration and cognitive dysfunctionnpj Parkinsons Dis 9(125).
*Core included in acknowledgements

Liao J, Song S, Gusscott S, Fu Z, Vanderkolk I, Busscher BM, Lau KH, Brind’Amour J, Szabó PE. 2023. Establishment of paternal methylation imprint at the H19/Igf2 imprinting control region. Sci Adv 9(36).

Luda KM, Longo J, Kitchen-Goosen SM, Duimstra LR, Ma EH, Watson MJ, Oswald BM, Fu Z, Madaj Z, Kupai A, Dickson BM, DeCamp LM, Dahabieh MS, Compton SE, Teis R, Kaymak I, Lau KH, Kelly DP, Puchalska P, Williams KS, Krawczyk CM, Lévesque D, Boisvert FM, Sheldon RD, Rothbart SB, Crawford PA, Jones RG. 2023. Ketolysis drives CD8+ T cell effector function through effects on histone acetylation. Immunity.

Cui W, Huang Z, Jin S-G, Johnson J, Lau KH, Hostetter G, Pfeifer GP. 2023. Deficiency of the Polycomb protein RYBP and TET methylcytosine oxidases promotes extensive CpG island hypermethylation and malignant transformation. Cancer Res.

Compton SE, Kitchen-Goosen SM, DeCamp LM, Lau KH, Mabvakure, Vos M, Williams KS, Wong KK, Shi X, Rothbart SB, Krawczyk CK, Jones RG. 2023. LKB1 controls inflammatory potential through CRTC2-dependent histone acetylation. Mol Cell. 

Jang HJ, Hostetter G, MacFarlane AW, Madaj Z, Ross EA, Hinoue T, Kulchycki JR, Burgos RS, Tafseer M, Alpaugh RK, Schwebel CL, Kokate R, Geynisman DM, Zibelman MR, Ghatalia P, Nichols PW, Chung W, Madzo J, Hahn NM, Quinn DI, Issa JPJ, Topper MJ, Baylin SB, Shen H, Campbell KS, Jones PA, Plimack ER. 2023. A phase II trial of guadecitabine plus atezolizumab in metastatic urothelial carcinoma progressing after initial immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy Clin Cancer Res: OF1–OF4.

Madaj ZB, Dahabieh MS, Kamalumpundi V, Muhire B, Pettinga J, Siwicki RA, Ellis AE, Isaguirre C, Escobar Galvis ML, DeCamp L, Jones RG, Givan SA, Adams M, Sheldon RD. 2023. Prior metabolite extraction fully preserves RNAseq quality and enables integrative multi-omics analysis of liver metabolic response to viral infection. RNA Biol 20(1).

Pérez-Mojica JE, Enders L, Walsh J, Lau KH, Lempradl A. 2023. Continuous transcriptome analysis reveals novel patterns of early gene expression in Drosophila embryos. Cell Genom.


Meng Y, Wang G, He H, Lau KH, Hurt A, Bixler BJ, Andrea P, Jin S-G, Xu X, Vasquez KM, Pfeifer GP, Szabo PE. 2022. Z-DNA is remodelled by ZBTB43 in prospermatogonia to safeguard the germline genome and epigenome. Nature Cell Biol 24(7):1141–1153.

Beck JS, Madaj Z, Cheema CT, Kara B, Bennet DA, Schneider JA, Gordon MN, Ginsberg SD, Mufson EJ, Counts SE. 2022. Co-expression network analysis of frontal cortex during the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Cereb Cortex 32(22):5108–5120.

Wiseman AK, Tiedemann RL, Fan H, Shen H, Madaj Z, McCabe MT, Pappalardi MB, Jones PA. 2022. Chromosome-specific retention of cancer-associated DNA hypermethylation following pharmacological inhibition of DNMTi. Commun Biol 5:528.

Paul EN, Grey JA, Carpenter TJ, Madaj ZB, Lau KH, Givan SA, Burns GW, Chandler RL, Wegienka GR, Shen H, Teixeira JM. 2022. Transcriptome and DNA methylome analyses reveal underlying mechanisms for the racial disparity in uterine fibroids. JCI Insight.

Yang CH*, Fagnocchi L*, Apostle S, Wegert V, Casani-Galdón S, Landgraf K, Panzeri I, Dror E, Heyne S, Wörpel T, Chandler DP, Lu D, Yang T, Gibbons E, Guerreiro R, Brás J, Thomasen M, Grunnert LG, Vaag AA, Gillberg L, Grundberg, E, Conesa A, Körner A, PERMUTE, Pospisilik JA. 2022. Independent phenotypic plasticity axes define distinct obesity subtypesNat Metab.

*Co-first authorship
**Highlighted in News & Views
***Core members Zachary Madaj and Emily Wolfrum are part of PERMUTE


Neman J, Franklin M, Madaj ZB, Deshpande K, Triche Jr TJ, Sadlik G, Carmichael JD, Chang E, Yu C, Strickland BA, Zada G. 2021. Use of predictive spatial modeling to reveal that primary cancers have distinct central nervous system topography patterns of brain metastasis . J Neurosurg.

Waldhart AN, Muhire B, Johnson B, Pettinga DMadaj ZBWolfrum E, Dysktra H, Wegert V, Pospisilik JA, Han X, Wu N. 2021. Excess dietary carbohydrate affects mitochondrial integrity as observed in brown adipose tissueCell Rep 35(5):109488.

Carpenter BL, Remba TK, Thomas SL, Madaj ZB, Brink L, Tiedemann RL, Odendaal HJ, Jones PA. 2021. Ooctye age and preconceptual alcohol use are highly correlated with epigenetic imprinting of a noncoding RNA (nc886)Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 118(12):e2026580118.

Chassé MH, Johnson BK, Boguslawski EA, Sorensen KM, Rosien JE, Kang MH, Reynolds CP, Heo L, Madaj ZBBeddows I, Foxa GE, Kitchen-Goosen SM, Williams BO, Triche TJ Jr, Grohar PJ. 2021. Mithramycin induces promoter reprogramming and differentiation of rhabdoid tumor. EMBO Mol Med 13(2):e12640.

Bagchi A, Madaj Z, Engel KB, Guan P, Rohrer DC, Valley DR, Wolfrum E, Feenstra K, Roche N, Hostetter G, Moore HM, Jewell SD. 2021. Impact of preanalytical factors on the measurement of tumor tissue biomarkers using immunohistochemistryJ Histochem Cytochem.


Grit JL, Pridgeon MG, Essenburg CJ, Wolfrum EMadaj ZB, Turner L, Wulfkuhle J, Petricoin EF 3rd, Graveel CR, Steensma MR. 2020. Kinome profiling of NF1-related MPNSTs in response to kinase inhibition and doxorubicin reveals therapeutic vulnerabilitiesGenes (Basel) 11(3):331

Marshall LL, Killinger BA, Ensink E, Li P, Li KX, Cui W, Lubben N, Weiland M, Wang X, Gordevicius J, Coetzee GA, Ma J, Jovinge S, Labrie V. 2020. Epigenomic analysis of Parkinson’s disease neurons identifies Tet2 loss as neuroprotectiveNat Neuro.

Diegel CR, Hann S, Ayturk UM, Hu JCW, Lim K, Droscha CJ, Madaj ZB, Foxa GE, Izaguirre I, VAI Vivarium and Transgenics Core, Paracha N, Pidhaynyy B, Dowd TL, Robling AG, Warman ML, Williams BO. 2020. An osteocalcin-deficient mouse strain without endocrine abnormalitiesPLOS Genet.

Flores G, Everett JH, Boguslawski EA, Oswald BM, Madaj ZBBeddows I, Dikalov S, Adams M, Klumpp-Thomas CA, Kitchen-Goosen SM, Martin SE, Caplen NJ, Helman LJ, Grohar PJ. 2020. CDK9 blockade exploits context-dependent transcriptional changes to improve activity and limit toxicity of mithramycin for Ewing sarcomaMol Cancer Ther.


George JW, Fan H, Johnson B, Carpenter TJ, Foy KK, Chatterjee A, Patterson AL, Koeman J, Adams M, Madaj ZB, Chesla D, Marsh EE, Triche TJ, Shen H, Teixeira JM. 2019. Integrated epigenome, exome, and transcriptome analyses reveal molecular subtypes and homeotic transformation in uterine fibroidsCell Rep.

Chatterjee D, Sanchez DS, Quansah E, Rey NL, George S, Becker K, Madaj ZB, Steiner JA, Ma J, Escobar Galvis ML, Kordower JH, Brundin P. 2019. Loss of one engrailed1 allele enhances induced alpha-synucleinopathy J Parkinsons Dis 9(2):315–326.

Keaton SA, Madaj ZB, Heilman P, Smart L, Grit J, Gibbons R, Postolache TT, Roaten K, Achtyes ED, Brundin L. 2019. An inflammatory profile linked to increased suicided riskJ Affect Disord 247:57 65.

Harlow ML*, Chassé MH*, Boguslawski EA, Sorensen KM, Gedminas MJ, Goosen JM, Rothbart SB, Taslim C, Lessnick SL, Peck A, Madaj ZBBowman MJ, Grohar PJ. 2019. Trabectedin inhibits EWS-FLI1 and evicts SWI/SNF from chromatin in a schedule-dependent mannerClin Cancer Res.
*Equal contributions


Carpenter BL*, Zhou W, Madaj Z, DeWitt AK, Ross JP, Grønbaek K, Liang G, Clark SJ, Molloy PL, Jones PA. 2018. Mother-child transmission of epigenetic information by tunable polymorphic imprintingProc Natl Acad Sci U S A.
*Co-first authors

Liu M, Thomas SL, DeWitt AK, Zhou W, Madaj ZB, Ohtani H, Baylin SB, Liang G, Jones PA. 2018. Dual inhibition of DNA and histone methyltransferases increases viral mimicry in ovarian cancer cellsCancer Res 78(20):5754–5766.

deCarvalho AC, Kim H, Poisson LM, Winn ME, Mueller C, Cherba D, Koeman J, Seth S, Protopopov A, Felicella M, Zheng S, Multani A, Jiang Y, Zhang J, Nam DH, Petricoin EF, Chin L, Mikkelsen T, Verhaak RGW. 2018. Discordant inheritance of chromosomal and extrachromosomal DNA elements contributes to dynamic disease evolution in glioblastomaNat Genet 50(5):708–717.

Rey NL, George S, Steiner JA, Madaj Z, Luk KC, Trojanowski JQ, Lee VM, Brundin P. 2018. Spread of aggregates after olfactory bulb injection of α-synuclein fibrils is associated with early neuronal loss and is reduced long termActa Neuropathol 135(1):65–83.

Killinger BA*, Madaj Z*, Sikora JW, Rey N, Haas AJ, Vepa Y, Lindqvist D, Chen H, Thomas PM, Brundin P, Brundin L, Labrie V. 2018. The veriform appendix impacts the risk of developing Parkinson’sSci Transl Med 10(465):eaar5280.

Mukherjee A, Patterson AL, George JW, Carpenter TJ, Madaj ZB, Hostetter G, Risinger JI, Teixeira JM. 2018. Nuclear PTEN localization contributes to DNA damage response in endometrial adenocarcinoma and could have a diagnostic benefit for therapeutic management of the diseaseMol Cancer Ther.

Senchuk MM, Dues DJ, Schaar CE, Johnson BKMadaj ZBBowman MJWinn ME, Van Raamsdonk JM. 2018. Activation of DAF-16/FOXO by reactive oxygen species contributes to longevity in long-lived mitochondrial mutants in Caenorhabditis elegansPLoS Genet 14(3):e1007268.

Beddows I, Rose LE. 2018. Factors determining hybridization rates in plants: A case study in Michigan Perspec Plant Ecol Sys 34:51–60.

Peacock JD, Pridgeon MG, Tovar EA, Essenburg CJ, Bowman MJMadaj ZB, Koeman J, Boguslawski EA, Grit J, Dodd RD, Khachaturov V, Cardona DM, Chen M, Kirsch DG, Maina F, Dono R, Winn ME, Graveel CR, Steensma. 2018. Genomic status of MET potentiates sensitivity to MET and MEK inhibition in NF1-related malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumorsCancer Res 78(13):3672–3687.


Waldhart AN, Dykstra H, Peck AS, Boguslawski EA, Madaj ZB, Wen J, Veldkamp K, Hollowell M, Zheng B, Cantley LC, McGraw TE, Wu N. 2017. Phosphorylation of TXNIP by AKT mediates acute influx of glucose in response to insulinCell Rep 19(10):2005–2013.

Dues DJ, Schaar CJ, Johnson BKBowman MJWinn ME, Senchuk MM, Van Raamsdonk JM. 2017. Uncoupling of oxidative stress resistance and lifespan in long-lived isp-1 mitochondrial mutants in Caenorhabditis elegansFree Radic Biol Med 108:362–373.

Martin KR, Zhou W, Bowman MJ, Shih J, Au KS, Dittenhafer-Reed KE, Sisson KA, Koeman J, Weisenberger DJ, Cottingham SL, DeRoos ST, Devinsky O, Winn ME, Cherniak AD, Shen H, Northrup H, Krueger DA, MacKeigan JP. 2017. The genomic landscape of tuberous sclerosis complexNat Commun 8:15816. 


Harlow ML, Maloney N, Roland J, Guillen Navarro MJ, Easton MK, Kitchen-Goosen SM, Boguslawski EA, Madaj ZBJohnson BKBowman MJ, D’Incalci M, Winn ME, Turner L, Hostetter G, Galmarini CM, Aviles PM, Grohar PJ. 2016. Lurbinectedin inactivates the Ewing sarcoma oncoprotein EWS-FLI1 by redistributing it within the nucleusCancer Res 76(22):6657–6668.

Osgood CL, Tantawy MN, Maloney N, Madaj ZB, Peck A, Boguslawkski E, Jess J, Buck J, Winn ME, Manning HC, Grohar PJ. 2016. 18F-FLT Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a Pharmacodynamic Marker for EWS-FLI1 Activity and Ewing Sarcoma. Sci Rep 6:33926.

Osgood CL, Maloney N, Kidd CG, Kitchen-Goosen S, Segars L, Gebregiorigis M, Woldemichael GM, He M, Sankar S, Lessnick SL, Kang M, Smith M, Turner L, Madaj ZBWinn ME, Núnez LE, González-Sabin J, Helman LJ, Moris F, Grohar PJ. 2016. Identification of mithramycin analogues with improved targeting of the EWS-FLI1 transcription factorClin Cancer Res 22(16):4105–4118.


Foley JM, Scholten DJ 2nd, Monks NR, Cherba D, Monsma DJ, Davidson P, Dylewski D, Dykema K, Winn ME, Steensma MR. 2015. Anoikis-resistant subpopulations of human osteosarcoma display significant chemoresistance and are sensitive to targeted epigenetic therapies predicted by expression profilingJ Transl Med 13(1):110.

Peacock JD, Dykema KJ, Toriello HV, Mooney MR, Scholten DJ 2nd, Winn ME, Borgman A, Duesbery NS, Hiemenga JA, Liu C, Campbell S, Nickoloff BP, Williams BO, Steensma MR. 2015. Oculoectodermal syndrome is a mosaic RASopathy associated with KRAS alterationsAm J Med Genet A 167(7):1429–1435.

Scott A. Givan, Ph.D.

Director, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core

Tim Triche, Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Epigenetics

Translational Biological Informatics

Daniel Bautista, M.S.

Bioinformatics Analyst I, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core

Hannah Damico, B.S., M.S.

Core Biostatistician I, Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Core

Robert Fillinger, B.S., Ph.D.

Core Bioinformatics Scientist I, Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Core

Daisy Fu, Ph.D.

Core Bioinformatics Scientist, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core

Kin Lau, Ph.D.

Core Bioinformatics Scientist, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core

Zach Madaj, M.S.

Biostatistician, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core

Kaitlyn Westra, B.S.

Core Bioinformatics Analyst I, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core

Emily Wolfrum, MPH

Biostatistician, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core