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Molecular Medicine


Andrew Su, Ph.D.

Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology
California Campus
Laboratory Website
(858) 784-2079

Scripps Research Joint Appointments

Department of Molecular Medicine
Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology
Faculty, Graduate Program

Other Joint Appointments

Co-Executive Editor, GENE
Scientific Advisory Board, The Gene Ontology Consortium

Research Focus

Our lab is interested biomedical discovery using quantitative methods. We apply the tools of computer science and statistics to a variety of projects spanning mouse genetics, transcriptional regulation, cancer biology, and immunology.

Our current research activities generally fall into three groups.

First, we build computational tools to enable and accelerate biomedical discovery. These online tools are typically targeted toward genetics and genomics researchers. Currently, we develop and maintain BioGPS and the Gene Wiki, both of which embrace the principle of “community intelligence”. These tools harness the collective intelligence of the biological community to systematically improve the organization and access to gene annotation information.

Second, we directly engage in biomedical discovery through large-scale data mining. Most recently, we developed a method to utilize dense genotype maps in a diverse panel of inbred mice to do genome-wide association scans. We also extended this method to examine the genetic basis of gene expression variation, called expression QTL (or eQTL) analysis. We have used these approaches to identify, and in some cases validate, novel regulators of biological pathways and processes.

Third, we actively seek out new collaborations with experimental scientists to explore novel data sets and technology platforms. The rapid rate of biological data generation has only accelerated in recent years, and bioinformatics plays a critical role in the warehousing, analysis, and visualization of these data. We collaborate with many research groups both locally and globally, and focus on efficiently translating large data sets into testable hypotheses.

Please see our lab website or full publication list for more details on all these research activities in our group.


Ph.D., Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, 2002
B.A., Chemistry, Computing and Information Systems, Integrated Science, Northwestern University, 1998

Selected References

Good BM, Su AI. (2013) Crowdsourcing for Bioinformatics. Bioinformatics. 15;29(16):1925-33.

Loguercio S, Good BM, Su AI. (2013) Dizeez: an online game for human gene-disease annotation. PLoS One. 8(8):e71171.

Clarke EL, Loguercio S, Good BM, Su AI. (2013) A task-based approach for Gene Ontology evaluation. J Biomed Semantics. 4 Suppl 1:S4.

Choi NM, Loguercio S, Verma-Gaur J, Degner SC, Torkamani A, Su AI, Oltz EM, Artyomov M, Feeney AJ. (2013) Deep sequencing of the murine igh repertoire reveals complex regulation of nonrandom v gene rearrangement frequencies. J Immunol. 191(5):2393-402.  

Good BM, Howe DG, Lin SM, Kibbe WA, Su AI. (2011) Mining the Gene Wiki for functional genomic knowledge. BMC Genomics. 12:603. 

Wu C, Orozco C, Boyer J, Leglise M, Goodale J, Batalov S, Hodge CL, Haase J, Janes J, Huss JW, 3rd and Su AI (2009) BioGPS: an extensible and customizable portal for querying and organizing gene annotation resources. Genome Biol, 10:R130.

Huss JW, 3rd, Orozco C, Goodale J, Wu C, Batalov S, Vickers TJ, Valafar F and Su AI (2008) A gene wiki for community annotation of gene function. PLoS Biol, 6:e175.

Wu C, Delano DL, Mitro N, Su SV, Janes J, McClurg P, Batalov S, Welch GL, Zhang J, Orth AP, Walker JR, Glynne RJ, Cooke MP, Takahashi JS, Shimomura K, Kohsaka A, Bass J, Saez E, Wiltshire T and Su AI (2008) Gene set enrichment in eQTL data identifies novel annotations and pathway regulators. PLoS Genet, 4:e1000070.

McClurg P, Janes J, Wu C, Delano DL, Walker JR, Batalov S, Takahashi JS, Shimomura K, Kohsaka A, Bass J, Wiltshire T and Su AI (2007) Genomewide association analysis in diverse inbred mice: power and population structure. Genetics, 176:675-83.

Su AI, Wiltshire T, Batalov S, Lapp H, Ching KA, Block D, Zhang J, Soden R, Hayakawa M, Kreiman G, Cooke MP, Walker JR and Hogenesch JB (2004) A gene atlas of the mouse and human protein-encoding transcriptomes. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 101:6062-7.



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Department Contacts

CA Faculty

Asahara, Hiroshi
Balch, William E.
Boddy, Michael
Buxbaum, Joel
Catz, Sergio
Conti, Bruno
Cravatt, Benjamin
D'Lima, Darryl
DerMardirossian, Celine
Deryugina, Elena
Elias, Darlene
Encalada, Sandra
Felding, Brunhilde
Fowler, Velia
Friedlander, Martin
Gerace, Larry
Gottesfeld, Joel
Griffin, John
Hanneken, Anne
Heeb, Mary Jo
Henderson, Scott
Hoch, James
Johnson, Eric
Kanaji, Taisuke
Koziol, James
Lamia, Katja
Lipton, Stuart
Loring, Jeanne F.
Loskutoff, David
Lotz, Martin
Makarenkova, Helen P.
Mc Millan, Robert
Miles, Lindsey
Milner, Richard
Modena, Brian
Mosnier, Laurent
Nicholson, Laura
Paulson, James C.
Perego, Marta
Petrascheck, Michael
Pollard, Kenneth Michael
Quigley, James P.
Reed, Steven
Roberts, Edward
Rosen, Hugh
Ruggeri, Zaverio
Russell, Paul
Saez, Enrique
Smider, Vaughn
Srinivasan, Supriya
Steinhubl, Steven
Sutcliffe, J.
Tan, Eng
Topol, Eric
Vanderklish, Peter
Vogt, Peter K.
Wiseman, Luke
Wittenberg, Curt
Wolan, Dennis W.
Wu, Peng
Wu, Xiaohua
Yang, Xiang-Lei
Yates III, John

FL Faculty

Bannister, Thomas
Bohn, Laura M.
Cameron, Michael
Duckett, Derek
Gill, Matt
Griffin, Patrick
Hansen, Scott
Joazeiro, Claudio
Kamenecka, Theodore
Kissil, Joseph
Luo, Junli
McDonald, Patricia
Miller, Courtney
Niedernhofer, Laura
Phinney, Donald G.
Robbins, Paul
Scampavia, Louis
Schimmel, Paul
Smith, Roy
Spicer, Timothy

Affiliated Faculty

Cline, Hollis
Kojetin, Douglas
Lairson, Luke
Paegel, Brian
Rumbaugh, Gavin
Shen, Ben
Solt, Laura A
Su, Andrew
Wu, Chunlei
Ye, Li

Adjunct Faculty