James Galagan is Associate Director of Microbial Genome Analysis at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He oversees the analysis of genomic data generated by the Microbial Sequencing Center and the Fungal Genome Initiative. His group develops and applies computational and genomic methods to study regulation and evolution with particular focus on the biology of infectious disease. Current projects include comparative analysis of Plasmodium spp., Mycobacteria tuberculosis, and Cryptococcus spp. In addition, James has NSF support to develop and apply computational tools for comparative fungal genome analysis.
James joined the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome research, now part of the Broad Institute, in 1999. He has led several genome analysis projects at the Broad including Neurospora crassa, Aspergillus nidulans, Magnaporthe grisea, and Methanosarcina acetivorans. James also pioneered the development of a number of systems to support genome sequencing and analysis. In particular, he conceived the Calhoun System and Argo Browser used for genome annotation at the Broad, and founded the team that supports it.
James received his Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from MIT. Prior to that he studied Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at the University of Miami and the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratories, and received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from U.C. Davis.