The laboratory is focused on the discovery and analysis of structural variation (SVs) from genomic sequence data. As part of the 1000 Genomes Project and other endeavors, we have helped produce initial fine-scale maps using a variety of SV discovery approaches including: (i) paired-end mapping (or read pair analysis) based on abnormally mapped pairs of clone ends; (ii) read-depth analysis, which detects deletions and duplications through analysis of the read depth-of-coverage; (iii) split read analysis, which detects SVs by evaluating gapped sequence alignments; and (iv) sequence assembly, which enables the discovery of novel (non-reference) sequence insertions.

PI Ryan E. Mills, Ph.D.