Xiaowu Gai, Ph.D.
Director of Bioinformatics
Dr. Gai is a human geneticist and a bioinformatician whose primary research aims to understand genetic variations and how they are related to human diseases using bioinformatics and genomics methodologies. Dr. Gai has identified choroidal neovascularizations that are associated with several genetic disorders as well as complex diseases such as ADHD and autism. Recently, he has been developing and applying bioinformatics tools for whole-exome data analysis. He has discovered a number of novel disease genes and published two of them so far: NMNAT1 for Leber congenital amaurosis and FBLX4 for mitochondrial disease.