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Tzu Lip Phang Ph.D.


I am an Associate Professor 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 was appointed the Directorship for the Translational Informatics and Computational Resources (TICR), the Biocomputing unit for the Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine (CCPM) I serve as the director of CCTSI Informatics Education Support where we use innovative methods to disseminate education knowledge to the scientific community. Finally, I am the co-editor for the Software Review segment for Human Genomics Journal.

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AMC Bioinformatics Journal Club

I host the Bioinformatics Journal Club with 2 of my partner in crime; Dr. Aik Choon Tan and Dr. Subho De, 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 pratice in Next Generation Sequencing data analysis
  • Computational pipeline in the era of big data science
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My Day Job

I am the lead data analyst for the Genomic and Microarray Core Lab at the Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Denver. I am interested in developing computational and statistical methods to analyze high-throughput datasets; such as microarray and Next Generation Sequencing. I work closely with the core lab in advising scientist in designing and analyzing their dataset. I have many collaborators who is studying a wide range of biological and medical research. I am also an analysis consultant for CCTSI, and would be happy to talk to you regarding experimental design and analysis issues.
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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 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. I teach R and Bioconductor to data analyst and biologist alike. Finally, I am very interested in the concept of Reproducible Research and use tools to build around this common goal.