Eric Lyons, Ph.D
Undergraduate UC Berkeley, Molecular and Cell Biology, Immunology (1993-1997):
- Advisers: Loy Volkman, Jan Washburn, and Eric Haas-Stapleton
- Characterizing the effects on pathogenicity of multiple genome copies in an insect virus. Undergrad Research Summary
Masters UC Berkeley, Microbial Biology (1997-1999):
- Advisers: Norm Pace and Brian Thomas
- Two years of research focusing on two projects:
- Biochemistry of the catalytic RNA subunit of Ribonuclease P (RNase P), the riboprotein responsible for maturing precursor tRNAs by clearving off a 5' leader sequence.
- Characterization of the microbial diversity of cerumen through 16S and 18S ribsomal gene sequences.
Internship Molcular Sciences Institute, Computational Biology (2000-2001):
- Advisors: Drew Endy and Roger Brent
Designed computational systems for systems biology. Main project was the Stochastirator: a program for simulating intracellular biomolecular reaction networks using a stochastic mathematical framework
PhD UC Berkeley, Plant Biology (2006-2008):
- Adviser: Michael Freeling
Three years of research focusing on:
- Designing and building CoGe: A new kind of comparative genomics platform
- Studying plant genome evolution
Postdoc 2009 UC Berkeley, Plant Bioloby:
- Adviser: Michael Freeling and Sydney Kustu
- Extending CoGe beyond plant genomes.
- Analyzing the genomes of eight strains of E. coli
2001 Genencore International, Bioinformatics
- Genome assembly and annotation of fungal genomes
- Identification and characterization of metaloproteases from the human genome
2002-2003 Berlex Biosciences, Computational Biologist
- Expression data analysis of human clinical samples, cell culture samples, and animal models for drug target identification
2004 Biotique Systems, Senior Scientific Developer
- Designed system for visualizing pathway and expression data
2005 UC Berkeley, Programmer/Data Analyst III
- Freeling lab. Plant comparative genomics.
2010-2011 Senior Scientific Developer, iPlant Collaborative, University of Arizona (Tucson)
- Assisted the Director, Steve Goff, with day to day operations of the project.
- Maintained CoGe on the weekends and evennings
- Leveraged iPlant Cyberinfrastructure to scale CoGe (data storage, computation, user identity management)
2012 Assistant Professor, School of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona (Tuson)
- Develop and fund a research program studying the structure, dynamics, and evolution of genomes
- Continue to develop CoGe to answer above questions