Dr. Dubchak’s Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry had specific emphasis on Crystallography and Computational Methods. In the 1990’s, during her postdoctoral training at the University of California in Berkeley, she realized the potential of the emerging study of genomic data and switched to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics. Since then, she has authored more than 100 academic articles and led a group that focuses on the analysis, organization, and visualization of large volumes of genomics information. Her team has developed a number of excellent visualization tools, including the VISTA family of programs for comparative genomics, which has become one of the major systems used by the biological community. The international popularity of the tools developed by Dr. Dubchak’s lab can be attributed to innovative features, exceptionally user-friendly and modern interfaces, and meticulous attention to biological details.
Dr. Dubchak’s other research interests include:
Development of efficient visualization tools for interpretation of big data on genomes and metagenomes including large-scale genome comparison.
Finding new biological applications for various algorithms and visualization tools developed in the group, including Elviz program for interactive exploration of metagenomes, including human microbiome.
Study of microbial transcriptional regulation for the species of ENIGMA interests.