• About Leo
About Leo

About Leo

Leonardo Collado-Torres, Ph.D., joined the Lieber Institute for Brain Development (LIBD) in 2016 as a Data Scientist. Leonardo got his Bachelor in Genomic Sciences degree (Licenciado en Ciencias Genómicas) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2009 where he first started learning and teaching R. He joined the Winter Genomics startup in 2009 as its first employee and developed a solid base for the growth of this company during his two years there. During his Ph.D. studies at the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg of School of Public Health with Jeff Leek and Andrew Jaffe, Dr. Collado-Torres developed several R packages that are part of the Bioconductor project. derfinder allows annotation-agnostic differential expression analysis of high-throughput RNA sequencing data (RNA-seq) and has been used with LIBD data to show that the annotation of the human brain transcriptome is incomplete. regionReport is used to create interactive reports from genomic analyses and recount provides access to over 70,000 RNA-seq human samples. These three packages have been downloaded more than 10,000 times as of September 2016. At LIBD, Dr. Collado-Torres is part of the Data Science team which goals include better understanding and characterizing genomics signatures in the human brain, including DNA methylation and gene expression. Leonardo helps mentor other team members, provides support for LIBD projects and is advancing his academic career as part of Andrew Jaffe’s lab.

Follow Leonardo on Twitter @fellgernon.