Hyejung Won

August 13, 2018

Hyejung Won, PhD

Assistant Professor of Department of Genetics

Core Faculty
Phone: (919) 966-4069 | Office: 7202B Mary Ellen Jones Building, 116 Manning Dr.
Email: hyejung_won@med.unc.edu | Website: http://www.wonlab.org/

Research Areas: Bioinformatics, Statistical and Population Genetics
Research Interests: We try to bridge the gap between genetic risk factors for psychiatric illnesses and neurobiological mechanisms by decoding the regulatory relationships in human brain. In particular, we implement Hi-C, a genome-wide chromosome conformation capture technique, to identify the folding principle of the genome in human brain. We then leverage this information to identify the functional impacts of the common variants associated with neuropsychiatric disorders.


Hector Franco

June 5, 2018

Hector L Franco, PhD

Assistant Professor of Genetics; UNC Lineberger Cancer Center

Resource Faculty
Phone: (919) 966-5269 | Office: 5109 Marsico Hall
Email: hfranco@med.unc.edu | Website: https://www.thefrancolab.org/

Research Areas: Bioinformatics, Computational Genomics, Computational Systems Biology
Research Interests: The Franco lab has a long-standing interest in gene regulation, epigenetics, chromatin and RNA biology, especially as it pertains to cancer. We address these research aims by using an interdisciplinary approach that combines molecular and cellular techniques with functional genomic and computational approaches.


Doug Phanstiel, PhD

February 9, 2018

Doug Phanstiel, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology & Physiology

Resource Faculty
Phone: 919-843-8847 | Office: 4019 Thurston Bowles Building
Email: douglas_phanstiel@med.unc.edu | Website: http://www.unc.edu/~dphansti/

Research Areas: Bioinformatics, Computational Genomics, Computational Systems Biology
Research Interests: We employ experimental and computational approaches to study the mechanisms through which enhancers and three-dimensional chromatin structure regulate gene transcription during cellular differentiation. The goals of our computational work include improved detection and quantification of three-dimensional chromatin structures and new tools for visualizing multi-dimensional genomic data.


Jill Dowen

November 28, 2017

Jill Dowen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Biophysics and Biology

Resource Faculty
Phone: 919-962-8132 | Office: 3360 Genome Sciences Building
Email: jilldowen@unc.edu | Website: http://jilldowenlab.web.unc.edu/

Research Areas: Bioinformatics, Computational Genomics, Chromosome Conformation
Research Interests: Our research program integrates the areas of transcriptional regulation, three-dimensional genome organization and functional genomics to understand how the architecture of the genome influences gene expression during development and disease.


Joel Parker

March 31, 2017

Joel Parker, PhD

Associate Professor of Genetics

Core Faculty
Phone: (919) 966-9614 | Office: 450 West Drive
Email: parkerjs@email.unc.edu | Website: https://lbc.unc.edu/

Research Areas: Bioinformatics, Computational Genomics
Research Interests: My research is focused in the methodological development and integrated analysis of high throughput genetic and genomic studies of cancer. Through the Lineberger Bioinformatics Shared Resource, we provide consultation and analytical services primarily for the Cancer Center, but are involved in collaborations across multiple departments and external institutions.


Di Wu

November 17, 2016

Di Wu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Periodontics, School of Dentistry; Biostatistics

Resource Faculty
Phone: 919-537-3277 | Office: 4504 Koury Oral Health Sciences Building
Email: dwu@unc.edu | Website: http://sph.unc.edu/adv_profile/di-wu-phd/

Research Areas: Bioinformatics, Computational Genomics, Computational System Biology, Statistical and Population Genetics​
Research Interests: Development of statistical methods for multidimensional genomic data integration to understand the biological mechanism of diseases.


Benjamin Vincent, MD

March 31, 2016

Benjamin Vincent, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology

Resource Faculty
Phone: 919-962-8412 | Office: 5206 Marsico Hall
Email: bgvincen@unch.unc.edu | Website:

Research Areas: Computational Immunology, Bioinformatics, Computational Genomics, Computational Systems Biology
Research Interests: Current research focuses on how immunogenomics features including T cell receptor and B cell receptor repertoire characteristics predict survival and response to immunotherapy in breast cancer, bladder cancer, and acute myeloid leukemia.


Jason Stein, PhD

March 17, 2016

Jason Stein, PhD

Assistant Professor of Genetics

Core Faculty
Phone: (919) 843-5541 | Office: 8109C Neuroscience Research Bldg.
Email: jason_stein@med.unc.edu | Website: http://www.steinlab.org/

Research Areas: Bioinformatics, Computational Genomics, Computational Systems Biology
Research Interests: The focus of our research is finding and modeling genetic variants influencing human brain structure and function.


Ben Major, PhD

February 25, 2016

Ben Major, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology; Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Resource Faculty
Phone: 919-259-2695 | Office: Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Room 31-322
Email: benmajor@med.unc.edu | Website: http://cancer.unc.edu/majorlab/research.php

Research Areas: Bioinformatics, Computational Systems Biology
Research Interests: Computational proteomics and mass spectrometry. Network structure and dynamics of protein-protein interactions. Multi-OMIC integrations focused on signal transduction in cancer initiation and evolution.


Kirk Wilhelmsen

July 21, 2015

Kirk Wilhelmsen, PhD

Professor of Genetics

Core Faculty
Phone: 919-966-1373 | Office: 5093 Genetic Medicine Bldg.
Email: kirk_wilhelmsen@med.unc.edu | Website: http://kirkwilhelmsen.web.unc.edu/

Research Areas: Bioinformatics; Comparative Genomics & Molecular Evolution; Computational Genomics; Statistical & Population Genetics
Research Interests: Dr Wilhelmsen leads a lab group in the Dept. of Genetics and a Computational Group at RENCI (www.renci.org). The labs groups effort in human genetics is focused on behavior and neurodegeneration by annotation of the human genome using data intensive strategies. The lab group has developed several new analytic techniques. The lab is intensively engaged in the development of molecular techniques to study epigenetic phenomena and gene expression in complex populations of cells. The RENCI bioinformatics groups provide data intensive informatics approaches to support multidisciplinary research projects at the three triangle campuses. The current focus of this activity is to support genomics research. The group develops and maintains pipelines to support medical genomics analysis.