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Agnes Chan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Research Interests and Accomplishments

Agnes Chan is a Staff Scientist in the Plant Genomics Department at the J. Craig Venter Institute. She currently manages and participates in projects for the sequencing, annotation and analysis of genomes and ESTs of various plant species. Since joining TIGR in 2001, she has contributed to the Arabidopsis genome annotation effort, the Consortium for Maize Genomics project to sequence the maize gene space using gene-enrichment techniques methylation filtration and high Cot selection, and the sequencing and analysis of the oil seed castor bean genome which produces ricin, one of the deadliest natural toxin. She is also involved in an outreach program to promote educational exchanges between the research community and Native Americans, by providing molecular biology workshops to Native American students and faculty at tribal colleges.

She holds a Ph.D. degree in Developmental Biology from the University of Cambridge, UK, where she worked on nuclear transplantation in Xenopus with John Gurdon. She continued on her post-doctoral research in Xenopus early development at the M.D. Anderson Cancer center, Houston, TX, studying oocyte RNA localization determining embryonic patterning and germ cell specification. She also received a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. She has a M.Phil. degree in Biotechnology, and a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry and Computer Science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK.

Select Publications

Gottlieb A, Müller HG, et al.
Insular Organization of Gene Space in Grass Genomes.

PloS One. 2013 Sep 01; 8: e54101.[more]

Chan, A. P., Melake-Berhan, A., et al.
The Highest-copy Repeats Are Methylated In the Small Genome of the Early Divergent Vascular Plant Selaginella Moellendorffii

BMC Genomics. 2008 Jun 12; 9(1): 282.[more]

Chan, A.P., Rabinowicz, P.D., et al.
Plant Database Resources at the Insittute for Genomic Research

Plant Bioinformatics: Methods and Protocols. 2007 Jun 01;: 113-136.[more]

Childs, K. L., Hamilton, J. P., et al.
The TIGR Plant Transcript Assemblies Database

Nucleic Acids Res. 2007 Jan 01; 35(0): D846-51.[more]

Bruggmann, R., Bharti, A. K., et al.
Uneven chromosome Contraction and Expansion In the Maize Genome

Genome Res. 2006 Oct 01; 16(10): 1241-51.[more]

Chan, A. P., Pertea, G., et al.
The TIGR Maize Database

Nucleic Acids Res. 2006 Jan 01; 34(0): D771-6.[more]

Whitelaw, C. A., Barbazuk, W. B., et al.
Enrichment of Gene-coding Sequences In Maize by Genome Filtration

Science. 2003 Dec 19; 302(5653): 2118-20.[more]

Wortman, J. R., Haas, B. J., et al.
Annotation of the Arabidopsis Genome

Plant Physiol. 2003 Jun 01; 132(2): 461-8.[more]