Currently, our participating faculty represents more than 18 departments from 10 colleges across campus.
JT Van LeuvenResearch Assistant Professor IMCI
JT Van Leuven is a Transcriptomic/Proteomic Modeling Researcher. JT is directly responsible for gene expression modeling related to Project 1 and Project 2 provides expertise in proteomics; and also works collaboratively with other postdocs on IMCI projects coming into the modeling core from other members of the University of Idaho biomedical community.
JT has a background in molecular biology and evolution. As a wet-lab molecular biologist, he has experience in protein/nucleic acid purification and quantification, nucleic acid manipulation, cell culture, and viral vector production. As a bioinformatician, he is familiar with analyzing NGS datasets to do genome/transcriptome assembly, differential expression analysis, and SNP quantification. In the past, he has used these methods to show how the nutritional symbionts of sap-feeding insects depend on their hosts. He is particularly interested in projects that improve our understanding of host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions, including how these interactions influence the evolution of the partners.
In April 2019, JT was awarded the U of I’s Outstanding Post-Doctoral Scholar/Fellow Award.