Kim C. Worley, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

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Postdoc, Baylor College of Medicine, 1997

Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 1993

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1984

Awards and honors

1989: Predoctoral training grant, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health

1993: Postdoctoral Fellowship, W.M. Keck Center for Computational Biology, National Library of Medicine

1993: Participant, Essential Computational Genomics for Biologists, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

1995: National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Center for Human Genome Research, National Institutes of Health

2010: IBM Faculty Award, IBM Corporation

Research interests

Computational biology, especially computer methods for analysis of genomic sequence information; bioinformatics, developing new tools to improve genomic sequence assembly, analysis and annotation.


Branstetter MG, Childers AK, Cox-Foster D, et al. Genomes of the Hymenoptera. Curr Opin Insect Sci. 2018;25. doi:

Poynton HC, Hasenbein S, Benoit JB, et al. The Toxicogenome of Hyalella azteca: A Model for Sediment Ecotoxicology and Evolutionary Toxicology. Environ Sci Technol. 2018;52(10):6009-6022. doi:10.1021/acs.est.8b00837.

Palesch D, Bosinger SE, Tharp GK, et al. Sooty mangabey genome sequence provides insight into AIDS resistance in a natural SIV host. Nature. 2018;553(7686):77-81. doi:10.1038/nature25140.

Armisén D, Rajakumar R, Friedrich M, et al. The genome of the water strider Gerris buenoi reveals expansions of gene repertoires associated with adaptations to life on the water. BMC Genomics. 2018;19(1):832. doi:10.1186/s12864-018-5163-2.

Branstetter MG, Childers AK, Cox-Foster D, et al. Genomes of the Hymenoptera. Curr Opin Insect Sci. 2018;25:65-75. doi:10.1016/j.cois.2017.11.008.

Thomas GWC, Wang RJ, Puri A, et al. Reproductive Longevity Predicts Mutation Rates in Primates. Curr Biol. 2018;28(19):3193-3197.e5. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2018.08.050.

Naval-Sanchez M, Nguyen Q, McWilliam S, et al. Sheep genome functional annotation reveals proximal regulatory elements contributed to the evolution of modern breeds. Nat Commun. 2018;9(1):859. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-02809-1.

Harrison MC, Jongepier E, Robertson HM, et al. Hemimetabolous genomes reveal molecular basis of termite eusociality. Nat Ecol Evol. 2018;2(3):557-566. doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0459-1.

Lindsey ARI, Kelkar YD, Wu X, et al. Comparative genomics of the miniature wasp and pest control agent Trichogramma pretiosum. BMC Biol. 2018;16(1):54. doi:10.1186/s12915-018-0520-9.