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William Hsiao

William Hsiao is Chief Bioinformatician in the BC Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory at BCCDC. He is also a clinical assistant professor in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at UBC.


Dr. Hsiao's current research focuses on developing bioinformatics applications and using next-generation sequencing technologies to study microbial pathogens and microbial communities (microbiomes).

He has participated in several genomics and metagenomics projects and is currently leading the effort to develop a bioinformatics platform that uses whole-genome sequencing to facilitate public-health infectious-disease outbreak investigations. See Integrated Rapid Infectious Disease Analysis (IRIDA)

This will be achieved by integrating data from genomic sequencing, clinical records, laboratory test results and epidemiological investigations using semantic web technologies. 

Overall, his research aims to improve our understanding of the pathogens that make us sick and the microbiota that keep us healthy. 


Dr. Hsiao joined BCCDC Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory in September 2011 as chief bioinformatician. He leads the effort to apply microbial genomics and bioinformatics to the public health diagnostic and reference laboratory environment.

Dr. Hsiao completed his PhD at SFU under Dr. Fiona Brinkman's supervision, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Claire Fraser's laboratory at the Institute for Genome Sciences in University of Maryland School of Medicine.


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