Author and Research Scientist James Lyons-Weiler, PhD – Extended Biography
James then found a position at UMASS Lowell, where he founded one of the world’s first Centers for Bioinformatics. He helped develop that institutions’ undergraduate and graduate studies curriculum in Bioinformatics. He routinely had 20 or more students performing analyses for research projects, asking questions about the impact of algorithm selection on the biological inferences being made in many types of diseases. He produced online software that implemented numerous methods of microarray data analysis – and that provided objective performance evaluation measures to aid in the selection of the optimal methods. He studied gene expression in cancer, publishing a paper on overcoming experimental design flaws such as confounded controls. He taught courses in biology, genetics, and bioinformatics, and set up a sequencing lab for the Department of Biological Sciences.