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Garner, Harold , PE (Hon.)
Faculty - Garner, Harold

Director, Medical Informatics and Systems Division
Professor, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
Professor, Department of Biological Science, Virginia Tech
Professor, Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech
Professor, Department of Basic Science, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Phone: (540) 231-8920
Email: garner@vbi.vt.edu

Garner Research Group | Medical Informatics and Systems | Publications | Laboratory Web Site


  • Administrative Assistant: Jodi Lewis
    Phone: (540) 231-0714
    Email: jlewis@vbi.vt.edu

Professional Preparation

  • University of Missouri, Rolla, Nuclear Engineer, PE (Hon.), 1994
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Plasma Physics, PhD, 1982
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nuclear Engineering, MSc, 1978
  • University of Missouri, Rolla, Nuclear Engineering, BSc, 1976
  • P.O'B Montgomery Distinguished Chair in Developmental Biology, Professor of Biochemistry and Internal Medicine, McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, founding member of the Division of Translational Research, Internal Medicine Department, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 1994-2009
  • Founding member of the Center for Biomedical Inventions, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 1999-2006
  • Program Chair, Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/The University of Texas at Arlington, 1999-2002
  • Associate Director, Genome Science and Technology Center, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, 1994-1998
  • Senior Staff Scientist for the Biosciences Division, General Atomics, 1993-1994
  • Principle Scientist and founder of the Biosciences Division, General Atomics, 1991-1993
  • Scientific Advisor and founder of HELIX, biotech spinout of General Atomics, 1990-1994
  • Appointed to the Institute for Development & Application of Advanced Technology at General Atomics, 1986-1994
  • Senior Scientist for Fusion Division at General Atomics in San Diego, 1982-1986
  • Technical Advisor/Consultant for LaFollette, Anderson, Sinkin, and Munson Law Firm, Madison, Wisconsin, 1979-1980


  • 1999-American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering

Research Interests

  • Applied computational biology - hypothesis generation, text analytics, data mining, genome assembly and alignment, microarray design and analysis, mass spectrometry data analysis pipeline, polymorphism prediction, 1000 Genomes Project data analysis
  • Advanced instrumentation development - high throughput oligo/chemical synthesizers, ultra high density microarrays, hyperspectral imaging microscopy and immunohistochemistry, holographic visualization, tissue engineering cellular patterning devices, robotics and automation
  • Genetics, genomics and proteomics research, capitalizing on software findings and instrumentation capabilities - cancer biology, biomarker discovery and validation, drug discovery/repurposing, publication ethics, pathogen/host forensics
  • Entrepreneurship - commercialization and spinout startups including Helix, Roche NimbleGen, BioAutomation, and HelioText


Harold "Skip" Garner received his Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982. Dr. Garner has published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals throughout his career in plasma physics, bioengineering, genetics, genomics and bioinformatics. He sits on several corporate advisory boards and advises government and private agencies, including the HHS, NIH, DoE, NASA, MacArthur Foundation, State Department and a variety of foreign countries. Dr. Garner is the founder of several biotechnology companies, including Heliotext , Xanapath, BioAutomation, and Light Biology, which was acquired by Nimblegen (now Roche Nimblegen, Inc.), in 2004. Dr. Garner is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a Charter member of the Academy of the School of Mines and Metallurgy. Dr. Garner is also an advisor to the National Research Council, a reviewer for Genomics, Nature Biotechnology, BioTechniques, Genome Research, Bioinformatics, the Royal Society and others.  an advisor to NASA and Mars Rover Board, an Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering and IEEE Engineering in Biology and Medicine, Scientific Computing.

Selected Publications

Long TC, Errami M, George AC, Sun Z, Garner HR. Scientific integrity. Responding to possible plagiarism. Science. 2009;323:1293–1294.

Errami M, Garner H. A tale of two citations. Nature. 2008;451:397–399.

Errami M, Sun Z, Long TC, George AC, Garner HR. Deja vu: a database of highly similar citations in the scientific literature. Nucleic Acids Res. 2009;37:D921–4.

Galindo CL, McIver LJ, McCormick JF, et al. Global microsatellite content distinguishes humans, primates, animals, and plants. Mol Biol Evol. 2009;26:2809–2819.