Lynda Ellis, PhD

Lynda Ellis

MMC 609
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Dr. Ellis focuses on developing bioinformatics tools that support the work of life science colleagues. With biochemist Larry Wackett, Dr. Ellis has developed an innovative microbial biotechnology database on the World Wide Web: The University of Minnesota Biocatalysis/Biodegradation Database.


Awards & Recognition

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • Bush Sabbatical Supplement Fellowship


Professor Emeritus, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Co-director, University of Minnesota Biocatalysis/Biodegradation Database

Core Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics

Postdoctoral, University of Minnesota (Biochemistry)

Postdoctoral, University of Minnesota (Laboratory Medicine)

PhD, Brandeis University (Biochemistry)

BS, University of Southern California (Chemistry)

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Research Summary/Interests

  • bioinformatics
  • computational biology


  • Ellis LBM, Wackett LP. (2012) Use of the University of Minnesota Biocatalysis/ Biodegradation Database for Study of Microbial Degradation. Microbial Informatics and Experiment, 2: 1 (4 January 2012).
  • Fenner K, Gao J, Kramer S, Ellis L, Wackett L. (2008) "Data Mining to Limit Combinatorial Explosion in Biodegradation Pathway Prediction." Bioinformatics, 24: 2079 - 2085.
  • Gao J, Ellis LBM, Wackett LP. (2010) "The University of Minnesota Biocatalyisis/Biodegradation Database: improving public access." Nucleic Acids Research; 38: D488-D491.
  • Wicker J, Fenner K, Ellis L, Wackett L, Kramer S (2010) "Predicting Biodegradation Products and Pathways: A Hybrid Knowledge-Based and Machine Learning Based Approach." Bioinformatics. 26: 814 - 821.
  • Gao J, Ellis LBM, Wackett LP. (2011) "The University of Minnesota Pathway Prediction System: multi-level predictions and visualization." Nucleic Acids Research; 38: D488-D491.

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