John McCrow, PhD

Staff Scientist



John P. McCrow is a Computational Staff Scientist in the Microbial and Environmental Genomics Department at JCVI.  His research is focused primarily on comparative genomics and phylogenetics of marine microbial metagenomic and transcriptomic samples.  He has worked on a number of projects at JCVI related to marine microorganisms and the dynamics among marine ecosystems and has developed custom software tools for high-throughput data analysis.

Prior to joining JCVI as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. McCrow received his Ph.D. in 2008 in Computational Biology from the University of Southern California under Michael Waterman and Kenneth Nealson where he worked on sequence analysis and alignment methods for signature sequences useful in phylogenetic inference.

Influence of nutrients and currents on the genomic composition of microbes across an upwelling mosaic.
The ISME journal. 2012-07-01; 6.7: 1403-14.
PMID: 22278668
Metagenomic exploration of viruses throughout the Indian Ocean.
PloS one. 2012-01-01; 7.3: e42047.
PMID: 23082107
A rapid fingerprinting approach to distinguish between closely related strains of Shewanella.
Journal of microbiological methods. 2011-07-01; 86.1: 62-8.
PMID: 21477623
Evolution and metabolic significance of the urea cycle in photosynthetic diatoms.
Nature. 2011-05-12; 473.7346: 203-7.
PMID: 21562560
Targeted metagenomics and ecology of globally important uncultured eukaryotic phytoplankton.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2010-08-17; 107.33: 14679-84.
PMID: 20668244
Alignment of phylogenetically unambiguous indels in Shewanella.
Journal of computational biology : a journal of computational molecular cell biology. 2009-11-01; 16.11: 1517-28.
PMID: 19958081