Upton lab

Principal Investigator:

Chris Upton, Ph.D. (home page)
Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
University of Victoria

Victoria, British Columbia

Phone: 250-721-6507
cupton at uvic.ca


I have a long-standing interest in bioinformatics, especially in the identification of the function of viral genes by database searching. It is clear that standard search techniques are not always adequate to recognize distantly, but significantly related sequences. Examples include the identification of the myxoma interferon-gamma binding protein and the vaccinia uracil DNA glycosylase. More recently we have focused on trying to predict viral genes by examining pI and amino acid content.

We are also developing databases and software to analyze viruses. These tools are useful for the characterization of viral genes, proteins and genomes; they are especially useful for comparative genomic studies and have user-friendly graphical interfaces. A wide variety of virus families are supported.

Check our some our recent publications here.

Members of the Upton Lab:

Name: David Minkley
Email: dminkley@uvic.ca
Lab Position: System Administrator, Research Assistant
Education: 2011 – Double BSc in Computer Science and Biology, UVic
Research Interests: Algorithms, Bioinformatics, Marine Biology, Computational Theory


Name: Nicole Little
Email: nslittle@uvic.ca
Lab Position: Research Assistant
Education: 4th year – BSc in Microbiology, UVic
Research Interests: Molecular Genetics, Human Health


Name: Jordan Wong
Email: jwong19@uvic.ca
Lab Position: Research Assistant
Education: 2011 – BSc in Microbiology, UVic
Research Interests: Bioinformatics, Influenza, Medical Sciences





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