Co-Director, Genomics Shared Service
Dr. Watts' research interests are in the genomic and epigenomic study of esophageal, lung, and ovarian cancer. Dr. Watts also directs the Genomics Shared Service. To find information about the Genomics Shared Service please visit here.
Dr. Watts has developed and managed the Genomics Shared Service at the University of Arizona Cancer Center since 2000. In this capacity he has gained extensive experience with nucleic acid isolation, qualitation, microarray analysis, comparative genomic hybridization, and next-generation sequencing along with bioinformatic approaches to extracting answers and results from high throughput data. In particular, Dr. Watts has four year’s experience supervising and analyzing next-generation sequence data from the Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine and Proton platforms, including customization of scripts for analysis. Additionally he has extensive experience in analyzing Affymetrix and Agilent microarray data. His role in the Genomics Shared Service includes meeting with investigators to assist them in defining their genomics questions, determining the optimal approach, assisting in sample preparation, managing the data generation, and then data analysis and consultation to ensure investigators get usable results and figures.