Chris Desjardins is a bioinformatics scientist working in the Genome Sequencing and Analysis Program at the Broad Institute. In this role, he works with external collaborators and internal project scientists to analyze data from large-scale efforts to sequence the genomes of various organisms. He also assists in writing and publishing results of these projects.
His current projects cover a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms, including fungi, filarial nematodes, and bacteria, and involve both large-scale comparative genomics data sets. He also works with data from high-throughput experiments involving RNA-seq, a technique that uses sequencing to reveal information about what parts of the genome are being transcribed.
Additionally, Desjardins develops bioinformatics software pipelines, with a particular emphasis on functional genomics and evolution, to enable high-throughput computational analysis of these large data sets.
Desjardins joined the Broad in January 2010 after completing a Ph.D. in entomology at the University of Maryland and conducting postdoctoral research at The Institute for Genomic Research and the University of Rochester.Select Publications
Desjardins CA, Perfectti F, Bartos JD, Enders LS, Werren JH. The genetic basis of interspecies host preference differences in the model parasitoid Nasonia. Heredity. 2010 Mar;104(3):270-7.
Werren JH, et al. Functional and evolutionary insights from the genomes of three parasitoid Nasonia species. Science. 2010 Jan 15;327(5963):343-8.
Desjardins CA, et al. Comparative genomics of mutualistic viruses of Glyptapanteles parasitic wasps. Genome Biol. 2008;9(12):R183. Epub 2008 Dec 30.