Andrew Su



Andrew is a Professor at the Scripps Research Institute in the Department of Integrative, Structural and Computational Biology. His research focuses on building and applying bioinformatics infrastructure for biomedical discovery. His research has a particular emphasis on leveraging crowdsourcing for genetics and genomics. Representative projects include the Gene Wiki, BioGPS, MyGene.Info, and Mark2Cure, each of which engages “the crowd” to help organize biomedical knowledge. These resources are collectively used millions of times every month by members of the research community, by students, and by the general public.


Ph.D., Chemistry; The Scripps Research Institute
BA, Chemistry, Computing and Information Systems, and Integrated Science; Northwestern University



Recent Posts


The Gene Wiki project: Looking to the future v.2017

The Gene Wiki project has been generously funded by the National Institutes for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) since 2009. As the second funding period is wrapping up early next year, it was time to once again look forward and think about our vision for the next 4-5 years. Posted below is what we came up with, submitted earlier this week to the NIH as a competing renewal proposal with Lynn...
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Open Data should mean CC0, not CC-BY

Several months ago, NIGMS released a RFI on The Need for and Support of Research Resources for the Biomedical Research Community. Our group has quite a bit of experience building information-based research resources (through grants generously awarded by NIGMS). So based on our recent experiences integrating data for inclusion in Wikidata, Ben and I took this opportunity to formulate some...
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Help ensure BioGPS remains available

2016.06.28 update- We need letters of support submitted by Friday, July 1st…please help! In the last two months, we focused on encouraging the user community to add and review more plugins. Since its humble beginnings, BioGPS has been a product of an amazing community of users–users who have extended its functionality with plugins, and aided its development with their letters of...
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Visualizing academic genealogy using D3

I was curious enough to play with D3 (with my own hands! — rare occurrence these days), so I took on a side project to visualize some academic genealogy data from My workflow so far went basically like this: Request the data: Huge thank you to Stephen David at for providing a CSV dump. Pick a visualization from the D3 gallery: I settled on a Radial...
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Open letter to ISCB regarding diversity in bioinformatics

Dear President Valencia, and ISCB Officers and Directors, The ISCB plays a critical role in our field, and I applaud the tireless efforts of the officers and directors. In the spirit of wanting to support the ISCB in shaping the future of bioinformatics, I want to share with you my deep concern over this picture: Of course and without doubt, each and every Fellow is deserving of their...
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