Andrew Su



Andrew is Associate Professor at the Scripps Research Institute in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine (MEM). 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


Crowdsourcing for algorithm optimization and improvement

Crowdsourcing is clearly a theme in our lab, but one flavor of crowdsourcing that we hadn’t experimented with extensively is the use of prize-based contests. Sites like TopCoder, Innocentive, and Kaggle have shown that contests can be a successful mechanism for crowdsourcing in diverse communities of expertise. One excellent demonstration of contests for biomedical applications came from...
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TEDx talk on Citizen Science for Biology

Earlier this year, Syd Peterson invited me to give a talk at TEDxClaremontColleges. When Syd told me that the theme was “Unexpected Narratives”, I wondered how my lab’s research could possibly fit. To me, it felt like an “eat your broccoli” situation — that packed among some great stories and storytellers they wanted to sneak in some boring science. But to...
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Big Data Center of Excellence

Today, the NIH announced several new awards under the Big Data To Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. I’m very excited to announce that our group will be participating in one of the BD2K Centers of Excellence. Our awarded proposal is titled “A Community Effort to Translate Protein Data to Knowledge: An Integrated Platform“. It’s a bulky title, but it hits the two points of...
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Recruiting for a Bioinformatics Programmer / Software Engineer

In addition to my last few general calls for awesome people to join our team, we now have a specific job opening for a Bioinformatics Programmer / Software Engineer. The ad text is below, and you can email Andrew if you’re interested… The Su Lab is a bioinformatics research group that is equally interested in building computational infrastructure and in pursuing biomedical...
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Join our motley crew of researchers!

Several months ago I put out a call for postdocs applicants. Combined with other recruiting efforts, the lab has grown with several new positions — two postdocs (starting in the fall, and more upcoming interviews), our Scientific Outreach Program Manager, and an intern. And despite this growth, we need more. My group has been pretty fortunate in the funding lottery, both in terms our...
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