Academic Rank:
Clinical Assistant Professor
Short Bio:
  • Chief Bioinformatician, BC Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UBC

Dr. William Hsiao joined BCCDC Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory in September 2011 as chief bioinformatician to lead the effort of applying microbial genomics and bioinformatics in public health diagnostic and reference laboratory. He completed his PhD at Simon Fraser University under Dr. Fiona Brinkman’s supervision and a post-doctoral fellowship in Dr. Claire Fraser’s laboratory at the Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine. His current research focuses on developing bioinformatics applications and using next generation sequencing technologies to study microbial pathogens and microbial communities (microbiomes). He has participated in several genomics and metagenomics projects and is currently leading the effort to develop a bioinformatics platform to use whole genome sequencing to facilitate public health infectious disease outbreak investigations. This will be achieved by integrating data from genomic sequencing, clinical records, laboratory test results, and epidemiological investigations using semantic web technologies. Overall, his research aims to improve our understanding of the pathogens that make us sick and the microbiota that keep us healthy.

Academic background

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Genome Sciences, University of Maryland School of Medicine. 2011
  • PhD, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University. 2007
  • BSc, Microbiology and Immunology, McGill University. 1996-2001
Primary Research Area
Infectious Diseases and Immunopathology
Secondary Research Area
Genetics genomics proteomics and related approaches

Research Interest

  • Bioinformatics
  • Microbiology
  • Genomic Science
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Health Informatics

Current projects in my lab include:

Accepting graduate student and post-doctoral fellows.

Teaching Interest

  • Application of genomics to public health microbiology
  • Public Health Bioinformatics and e-Health