Charles D. Johnson
Charles D. Johnson is Director of Genomics and Bioinformatics at Texas A&M AgriLife in College Station, TX. Dr. Johnson was recruited from the biotech industry to launch the new AgriLife genomics and bioinformatics service core in 2010. With over 20 years of scientific research and organizational leadership experience, Dr. Johnson has an established track record in genomic and bioinformatics research and technology development. At Texas A&M, he has built a collaborative network of over 750 scientists spanning the entire TAMU system, along with a growing number of private sector life science and agricultural companies. He participated in 400 grant submissions in the last five years, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in new funding for scientists across the TAMU system. Dr. Johnson and his genomics facility are in great demand.
Dr. Johnson is twice an Aggie, receiving his BS and PhD from Texas A&M University from the Department of Soil and Crop Science; in between he received his MS from Clemson University in Horticulture. His postdoc was at University of Louisville, as associate director of bioinformatics for the Center for Genetics and Molecular Medicine. From there he founded the statistics and bioinformatics division at Ambion Inc., now Asuragen (Austin, TX), and oversaw and participated in hundreds of research projects for top pharmaceutical, biotech and academic clients. While at Asuragen Inc., he led the development of the first Affymetrix™ miRNA microarray and associated bioinformatics pipeline.