- About Me
B.S., 2004, Chemistry Major Computer Science Minor, Lawrence Technological University
Ph.D. 2010, Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Alexis Black Pyrkosz is a Curriculum Specialist in the Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at Michigan State University, where she has been a faculty member since 2017.
Black Pyrkosz coordinates the CMSE Bioinformatics Program, which educates graduate students and post-docs in genomics, programming, statistics, and visualization of large research data sets. This program consists of 4-wk modules that focus on training students in specific, modern technologies and skills. Students are encouraged to use these modules to create unique educational flowcharts that fit their research goals.
Before arriving at Michigan State, Black Pyrkosz held a post-doctoral appointment at the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory, as part of Hans Cheng's laboratory. She eventually became a bioinformatics consultant for all of the Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory, working on various lab's datasets on Marek's Disease Virus, spontaneous tumors, and avian hosts. She also directed an Intro to Computation workshop as part of MSU's 2013 SROP program.
- Research Interests
• Genome Assembly
• Evolution of Structure
• Drug Docking
- Selected Publications
Comparative Transcriptomics of Genetically Divergent Lines of Chickens in Response to Marek’s Disease Virus Challenge at Cytolytic Phase, Kunzhe Dong, Shuang Chang, Qingmei Xie, Alexis Black-Pyrkosz, Huanmin Zhang, Plos One (2017) doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0178923A New Chicken Genome Assembly Provides Insight into Avian Genome Structure, Wesley C. Warren, LaDeana W. Hillier, Chad Tomlinson, Patrick Minx, Milinn Kremitzki, Tina Graves, Chris Markovic, Nathan Bouk, Kim D. Pruitt, Francoise Thibaud-Nissen, Valerie Schneider, Tamer A. Mansour, C. Titus Brown, Aleksey Zimin, Rachel Hawken, Mitch Abrahamsen, Alexis B. Pyrkosz, Mireille Morisson, Valerie Fillon, Alain Vignal, William Chow, Kerstin Howe, Janet E. Fulton, Marcia M. Miller, Peter Lovell, Claudio V. Mello, Morgan Wirthlin, Andrew S. Mason, Richard Kuo, David W. Burt, Jerry B. Dodgson and Hans H. Cheng, G3: GENES, GENOMES, GENETICS, January 1, 2017 vol. 7 no. 1 109-117
FS-17/SS-18: CMSE 890, Sec 301 Programming for Bioinformatics
FS-17/SS-18: CMSE 890, Sec 302 Statistical Analysis and Visualization
FS-17/SS-18: CMSE 890, Sec 303 Transcriptomic Data Analysis
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