Dr Elton Vasconcelos


Dr Elton Vasconcelos is a Bioinformatics Research Officer from Leeds Omics at the University of Leeds. He received his PhD degree in Cell and Molecular Biology (Aug. 2011 at the School of Medicine of Ribeirao Preto, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil), and was awarded with two personal postdoctoral fellowship grants approved for working in the fields of Omics and Bioinformatics applied to public health-impacting pathogens (Jan. 2013 – Dec. 2014 at Center for Infectious Disease Research, Seattle, WA, USA, and Jan. 2015 – Dec. 2016 at Institute of Chemistry, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil). Before joining Leeds Omics in Feb. 2019, he spent two years in California working as a key bioinformatician responsible for building a computational workflow for microbial community analysis in Veterinary Medicine (Jan. 2017 – Jan. 2019, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, USA).

For over 10 years, Dr Vasconcelos has been deeply involved in computational approaches, aiming scrutinizing target organisms’ genomes and transcriptomes, as well as investigating microbiomes  from clinical samples,  by adopting different high-throughput sequencing strategies and their respective downstream analyses. He has become Unix proficient and acquired special skills on programming languages such as PERL and R. His strong dual background in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, summed with his collaborative efforts with researchers from Brazil and the USA, make him totally capable of developing basic research programs, as well as performing as many collaborative efforts as possible in the field of Computational Omics.

Research interests

Control of gene expression in pathogens adopting omics strategies and computational approaches.

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  • PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology - University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Professional memberships

  • British Society for Parasitology

Student education

Dr Elton Vasconcelos organises the “LeedsOmics Coding Club”, a biweekly meeting series aimed at supporting LeedsOmics community (mainly grad students and postdocs) on omics-related coding/computational issues.

In addition, he has been organizing and lecturing workshops on “RNA-Seq Data Analysis” and “R for Omics” throughout the academic year (twice or three times each).