dglemay AT ucdavis DOT edu
Assistant Professional Research Scientist
In 1995, I earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT. My undergraduate research was the development of signal processing for the profoundly hearing impaired under the direction of Prof. Louis D. Braida. I began my career as an engineer, designing circuits in Silicon Valley. After paying off school loans, I returned to graduate school in 2003 to apply bioinformatics to nutrition research. In 2005, I earned an M.S. in Nutritional Biology from UC Davis in the lab of Prof. Daniel Hwang. My master's thesis was the computational identification of binding sites for peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) because dietary components mediate genetic expression through these proteins. In 2008, I earned a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biology from UC Davis in the lab of Prof. J. Bruce German with a doctoral dissertation on the systems biology of lactation. As a post-doctoral researcher, I was part of the Bovine Genome Sequencing and Analysis Consortium and led a team of 19 scientists, with Monique Rijnkels, to produce a companion paper devoted to the evolution of milk and lactation.
Imagine if you only had to drink and eat one thing--a magic potion--and that this magic potion contained all of your necessary calories, macronutrients, and micronutrients including special molecules that feed good gut bacteria, an arsenal of both passive and active immune protectors, and stem cells. The potion also makes you smarter. It makes you happier. And best of all, the potion is formulated just for you, based on your environment and the genetics of your mother. That potion is mother's milk.
In my research program, the major questions are 1) what is milk, and 2) how do you make it? To that end, I study the genes that are responsible for making milk--those that are expressed in the mammary gland during pregnancy and lactation--and how these gene products work together to produce this marvelous fluid.
Jun 26, 2015: Keith Bradnam is interviewed by Frontline Genomics Magazine about his life in Bioinformatics.
Apr 8, 2015: Ian Korf is quoted in a Nature commentary article about Bioinformatics Service cores and the need for beter career paths for bioinformaticians.
Mar 16, 2015: Danielle Lemay is interviewed by the UC Davis News team about the new publication by herself, Kristen Beck (lead author), Ian Korf and others that describes new milk proteomes for human and macaque.
Apr 22, 2013: The Assemblathon 2 paper has won the 2013 BioMed Central Open Data award
Dec 10, 2013: A short piece in the UC Davis Alumni Magazine that discusses the new Genomics undergraduate major that Ian Korf co-developed.
Nov 26, 2013: Ian Korf writes a News & Views piece for Nature Methods about two new comparisons of programs that work with RNA-seq data
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