Gary Van Domselaar

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The National Microbiology Lab

Dr. Van Domselaar Heads the Bioinformatics Core Facility at Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory. His principal expertise is in microbial (viral and bacterial) bioinformatics. Dr. Van Domselaar and his group are actvely involved in a wide range of genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic research and technology projects. Dr. Van Domselaar's current work is focused on the development of systems and software for viral and bacterial sequence assembly, sequence finishing, and taxonomic classification. His group is actively involved in a number of microbial bioinformatics activities including metagenomics; bacterial sequence annotation and analysis; pathogen identification; comparative genomics; proteome bioinformatics; and pathogenomics. He has over 10 years of experience designing and developing bioinformatics software, databases, and algorithms.

Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Alberta

Dr. Van Domselaar is an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in Canada. He provides lectures in bioinformatics to students in various disciplines at the UofM, and serves on the UofM bioinformatics curriculum development committee. He also teaches modules in proteomics and genomics at the National Bioinformatics Node of South Africa. Dr. Van Domselaar is a former lecturer at the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops series in bioinformatics, proteomics, and genomics.


Gary received a PhD in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2003. He worked as a Post Doctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics from 2003 until 2005. He joined the NML as Head of Bioinformatics in 2005.

Research Interests

Automated Genome Annotation

The genomes of prokaryotes are being sequenced and made public at a furious rate. To help with the interpretation of this data, I wrote BASys, an automated prokaryotic genome annotation system. Anyone can submit their raw prokaryotic chromosome, plasmid, or contig data to BASys and it will attempt to identify and annotate the protein encoding regions.


I am a founding member and Associate Director of The Bioinformatics Organization, Inc.

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