Bioinformatics & Biostatistics Core

Megan Bowman, Ph.D.
Core Manager

Dr. Megan Bowman is Van Andel Research Institute’s Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core manager. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed postdoctoral research in genomics and bioinformatics with the United States Department of Agriculture and Michigan State University prior to joining the core in 2016. Her research focuses on the development and application of computational tools to advance translational research. Megan also serves as an instructor in Van Andel Institute Graduate School (VAIGS), focusing on bioinformatics and genomics education related to biomedical research.


Core Team

Ben Johnson, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics research 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.

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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.

Emily Wolfrum, MPH

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Emily Wolfrum joined the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Core as a biostatistician in 2017. After earning her B.S. in biology from Aquinas College, she completed her Master’s of Public Health at University of Michigan with a focus on hospital and molecular epidemiology. She brings both lab experience and knowledge of epidemiological theory and application to the Core.