Antonio Gonzalez, PhD
Dr. Antonio Gonzalez is a Programmer Analyst at the University of California, San Diego. He received his MSc and PhD in computer science with a focus in computational biology from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is the main developer of SitePainter, a biogeographical microbial visualization tool; Evident, a power analysis program for microbiome studies; and one of the QIIME and Qiita core developers. Additionally he contributes to other open source computational software and projects. He has more than 50 different publications in different venues including PNAS, Cell, Science, and Nature.
Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza, PhD
Yoshiki Vázquez-Baeza is the Associate Director of Bioinformatics at the UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation. He earned a PhD in Computer Science & Engineering from UC San Diego under the supervision of Dr. Rob Knight. His research involves the development of computational analysis tools, that help researchers elucidate the hidden patterns in complex microbiome datasets. He has successfully used these tools to visualize and explore the human gut microbiome. He has made contributions to our understanding of Crohn's disease, the dynamics of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the effects of Fecal Microbiome Transplants in subjects with and without underlying IBD, and how microbes behave in other non-human environments.
After the completion of his Biomedical Engineering degree at Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City, he moved to the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he worked as a research technician for Rob Knight's research group, where he later joined as a graduate student.