Hans A. Hofmann, Ph.D. (Director)

Dr. Hofmann is the Director of the CCBB and a professor of integrative biology at UT Austin. He also directs UT's Center for Biomedical Research Support, which offers researchers access to state of the art approaches on cutting-edge equipment. His research interests focus on the genomic analyses of the brain in the context of social behavior, often using an evolutionary perspective. He received his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Leipzig and the Max-Planck Institute in Seewiesen. He pioneered behavioral and neurogenomics in cichlid fishes to analyze and understand the molecular and neural basis of social behavior and its evolution. He developed many of the functional genomics resources for cichlids and was a co-initiator of the cichlid genome consortium.


Dhivya Arasappan, M.S., (Research Scientist)

Dhivya Arasappan has 6+ years experience analyzing NGS data from multiple platforms: Illumina, PacBio and SOLiD. Her areas of expertise include: de novo genome assembly, particularly using hybrid sequencing data, RNA-Seq analysis, exome analysis, and benchmarking of bioinformatics tools. She is the research educator for the Big Data in Biology Freshman Research Initiative stream and teaches an RNA-Seq course as part of the Summer School for Big Data in Biology.


Benni Goetz, M.S., (Research Engineering/Scientist Associate III)

Benni Goetz joined the Bioinformatics Consulting Group in 2012. Before joining, Benni studied differential geometry at the University of Texas and completed a Master's Degree in Mathematics.  He has experience with transcriptome assembly and annotation, bacterial genome annotation, and next-generation sequence databases. He also can implement custom pipelines, or parallelize existing pipelines to run at TACC, and has familiarity with Python and Bash scripting.      


Dennis Wylie, Ph.D., (Research Scientist)

Dr. Wylie joined the Bioinformatics group in 2015. He has experience in NGS data analysis (including variant calling and analysis of RNA-seq and metagenomic data) and application of statistical and machine learning methods to biological data sets for biomarker discovery, pathway analysis, classification and regression modeling, and motif analysis. Prior to UT, Dennis earned a PhD in Biophysics from UC Berkeley applying stochastic simulation methods to problems in immunology and did postdoctoral work in modeling the transmission of infectious diseases on contact networks before spending six years as a bioinformatician in industry.


Anna Battenhouse, B.S., B.A. (DevOps Specialist )

Anna Battenhouse is a research scientist in the labs of Drs. Edward Marcotte and Vishy Iyer as well as leading the Biomedical Research Support Facility in its mission to support the IT and computational needs of the UT Austin biomedical research community. She has extensive experience working with NGS data, and teaches the Introduction to NGS Tools course in the Big Data in Biology Summer School as well as several CCBB short courses.

Anna received a B.A. in English Literature from Carleton College in 1978. After a career in commercial software development from 1982-2007, Anna began her "retirement career" in functional genomics in the Iyer lab, and obtained a B.S. in Biochemistry from UT Austin in 2013.


Sean Provost (Systems Support Specialist)

Sean is the CBRS’ Systems Support Specialist. He has worked closely with Anna Battenhouse to develop and maintain the Biomedical Research Support Facility and is the liaison between the facility and the College of Natural Science’s Office of Information Technology. Sean’s position includes working with hardware vendors for purchasing and procurement purposes, initial operating system configurations, physical hardware installations, and troubleshooting systems if something goes wrong. 

Sean received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of North Texas in 2007. 


Nicole Elmer (Administrative Associate)

Nicole handles administrative tasks for the CCBB, designs and maintains the CCBB and CBRS website, all print materials for CCBB and CBRS-related events and promotion, in addition to design work for other PIs on campus. Nicole handles the large-format poster printing services for CCBB, assists with conferences and courses, inventory, and some travel and student appointments. She is also archivist and writer for the History Project for the Department of Integrative Biology.


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