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Tzu Lip Phang Ph.D.

I am an Associate Professor of Bioinformatics at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora Colorado. I hold primary appointment at the Department of Medicine, Division of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine, and secondary appointment at Computational Bioscience Program and School of Public Health. I am the Director for the Translational Informatics and Computational Resources (TICR), the Research Computing unit for the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM).
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Read at your owned risk …. :-)
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Tzu is in the News

  1. OIT services in the spotlight: Research and Shared Services (RSS) and TICR high-performance computing (HPC): link
  2. Researcher demystifies data science (with Video Interview) link
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Teaching Interest

I like to teach, and I believe that all biologists are data analysts who lack the analysis skills. My teaching goal is to bridge the cap between Bioinformatics and Biology through education. I am actively involved in the educational mission of the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. I am the co-founder of the BioMedical Data Science (BMDS) Certificate Program, and course director for multiple full semester courses, including a graduate-level “Big Data analyses using R and Bioconductor” and “Next Generation Phenotype”, as well as “Introduction to Bioinformatics” for undergraduates. I also served as the core lecturer for a 10 days hands-on ‘omics’ workshop through a completed T15 grant (NHLBI), the Colorado Summer Institute for Biostatistics (NHLBI), and an AACR-sponsored intensive program for early career stage clinical oncologist course.

Internationally, I also participated in a weeklong Bioinformatics workshop in University of Zimbabwe. Specifically, I was teaching them how to use R to perform Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) analysis.

Formerly, I am the director of Translational Informatics Education Services (TIES), a sub-division of CCTSI Research Informatics Integrated Core (RIIC). We develop innovative, and entertaining short video learning materials to teach various informatics topics. We called our system; 5X5, where you can learn 5 important aspects of a topic in 5 minutes. In addition, I am also a course director of many data analysis classes for the Bioinformatics graduate program.
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My Day Job

  • I oversee the day-to-day operation of our HPC unit, named Rosalind
  • I facilitate the process of integrating genomic data (MEGA SNP chip) to CCPM Biobank.
  • I collaborate with research scientist on data analysis projects and grants
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AMC Bioinformatics Journal Club

I host the Bioinformatics Journal Club with my partner in crime; Dr. Aik Choon Tan every other Friday. We discuss bioinformatics topics ranging from integrative analysis, dug discovery, to Next Generation Sequencing.
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My Reseach Interest

My Primary research interest include the development and discovery of best practices for Bioinformatics and Statistical pipeline for analyzing genomic and high-throughput data. Some of my analysis focuses includes:
  • Microarray Time Course Analysis: I developed an intuitive analysis method called Trajectory Clustering
  • Alternative Splicing transcript expression analysis
  • Bioinformatics pipeline for shRNA synthetic lethality assay
  • Long non-coding RNA expression analysis
  • Discovery of best practice in Next Generation Sequencing data analysis
  • Computational pipeline in the era of big data science