Institute for Integrative Genome Biology


Thomas GirkeThomas Girke

Director, Bioinformatics Facilities;
Associate Professor of Bioinformatics

Mailing Address:

Botany and Plant Sciences
Genomics Building /1207F 
University of California  
Riverside, CA  92521

Phone: (951) 905-5232
Fax: (951) 827-4437
Email: thomas.girke@ucr.edu

Bioinformatics Core Facilities Website


PhD 1998 Universitat Hamburg

College/Division Affiliation:

College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Center/Inst Affiliation(s):

Center for Plant Cell Biology
Center for Research in Intelligent Systems (CRIS)

Areas Of Expertise:

Bioinformatics; Cheminformatics; Drug informatics; Databases; Expression Data Analysis, Protein Function Predictions; Data Mining; Network Analysis and Systems Biology

Awards / Honors:

2005  Non-Senate Distinguished Research-Instruction Award at UCR
2001  Best Plant Physiology Paper of the Year Award for Publication: Plant Phys, 124:1570

Research Summary:

The research in my group focuses on the development of novel tools and algorithms for comparative genomics, data mining, cellular network analysis, quanitative systems modeling and drug discovery. One of our major projects is the development of predictive cheminformatics tools for the discovery of novel bioactive compounds for chemical genomics research and drug discovery. The publicly available ChemMine database is part of this effort. 

Another research focus of my group is the integration and modeling of large-scale 'omics' data from model organisms, such as gene expression profiling data, proteomics and regulatory network data. For these analyses we develop and utilize a variety of comparative genomics, network analysis and machine learning approaches.

Finally, my group develops and maintains a variety of research databases that are part of our Systomics Network.

Related Press Releases:

Selected Publications:

List of publications from PubMed

Lab Personnel:

Backman, Tyler
Programmer Analyst —   Cheminformatics and Drug Discovery
Sun, Ruobai (Rebecca)
Programmer Analyst —   Cheminformatics and Drug Discovery
Webber, Christopher
Database and Linux Systems Administrator —
Ha, Jisu
Graduate Student Researcher —
Wang, Yan
Graduate Student Researcher — 
Horan, Kevin
Graduate Student Researcher—  Artificial Intelligence
Bao, Ergude
Undergraduate Student Researcher —


More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Career OpportunitiesUCR Libraries
Campus StatusDirections to UCR

Genomics Information

Institute of Integrative Genome Biology
2150 Batchelor Hall

Tel: (951) 827-7177
E-mail: Aurelia Espinoza, Managing Director