Conjoint Lecturer

Dr Sara Ballouz

Education

2013 - PhD, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the University of New South Wales, Sydney - Australia
2008 - BE Bioinformatics First Class Honours, University of New South Wales, Sydney – Australia
2008 - BSc Genetics, University of New South Wales, Sydney – Australia

Medicine & Health
School of Medical Sciences

I obtained my PhD from the University of New South Wales and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in 2013, working with Drs Merridee Wouters and Bruno Gaeta. I then moved to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for my postdoctoral training with Dr Jesse Gillis. In 2020, I started my own group at the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

My central scientific interest has been to understand the genetic architecture of disease. With data from the genome, transcriptome, epigenome and proteome increasing exponentially, robust tools and practices need to be established to analyse this deluge, in particular if to be applied to personalized medicine.

Location
Garvan

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2011
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Oti M; Ballouz S; Wouters MA, 2011, 'Web tools for the prioritization of candidate disease genes', in Methods in Molecular Biology, pp. 189 - 206, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-61779-176-5_12
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Mangala MM; Perry MD; Heitmann S; Gillis JA; Hill AP; Vandenberg JI, 2021, 'Co-expression of calcium and hERG potassium channels reduces the incidence of proarrhythmic events', Cardiovascular Research, vol. 117, pp. 2216 - 2227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cvr/cvaa280
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Lee J; Shah M; Ballouz S; Crow M; Gillis J, 2021, 'CoCoCoNet: Conserved and comparative co-expression across a diverse set of species', Nucleic Acids Research, vol. 48, pp. W566 - W571, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/NAR/GKAA348
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Pang CNI; Ballouz S; Weissberger D; Thibaut LM; Hamey JJ; Gillis J; Wilkins MR; Hart-Smith G, 2020, 'Analytical Guidelines for co-fractionation Mass Spectrometry Obtained through Global Profiling of Gold Standard Saccharomyces cerevisiae Protein Complexes', Molecular and Cellular Proteomics, vol. 19, pp. 1876 - 1895, http://dx.doi.org/10.1074/mcp.RA120.002154
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S, 2020, 'Single-Cell Transcriptomics', eLS, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9780470015902.a0028528
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Dobin A; Gillis JA, 2019, 'Is it time to change the reference genome?', Genome Biology, vol. 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13059-019-1774-4
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Crow M; Lim N; Ballouz S; Pavlidis P; Gillis J, 2019, 'Predictability of human differential gene expression', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116, pp. 6491 - 6500, http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1802973116
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Crow M; Paul A; Ballouz S; Huang ZJ; Gillis J, 2018, 'Characterizing the replicability of cell types defined by single cell RNA-sequencing data using MetaNeighbor', Nature Communications, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-018-03282-0
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Dobin A; Gingeras TR; Gillis J, 2018, 'The fractured landscape of RNA-seq alignment: The default in our STARs', Nucleic Acids Research, vol. 46, pp. 5125 - 5138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gky325
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Gillis J, 2017, 'Strength of functional signature correlates with effect size in autism', Genome Medicine, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13073-017-0455-8
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Dörfel M; Crow M; Crain J; Faivre L; Keegan C; Kitsiou-Tzeli S; Tzetis M; Lyon G; Gillis J, 2017, 'Not by systems alone: replicability assessment of disease expression signals', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/128439
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Pavlidis P; Gillis J, 2017, 'Using predictive specificity to determine when gene set analysis is biologically meaningful', Nucleic acids research, vol. 45, pp. e20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkw957
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Weber M; Pavlidis P; Gillis J, 2017, 'EGAD: Ultra-fast functional analysis of gene networks', Bioinformatics, vol. 33, pp. 612 - 614, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btw695
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    O'Meara MJ; Ballouz S; Shoichet BK; Gillis JG, 2016, 'Ligand similarity complements sequence, physical interaction, and Co-Expression for gene function prediction', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0160098
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Crow M; Paul A; Ballouz S; Huang ZJ; Gillis J, 2016, 'Exploiting single-cell expression to characterize co-expression replicability', Genome biology, vol. 17, pp. 101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13059-016-0964-6
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Verleyen W; Ballouz S; Gillis J, 2016, 'Positive and negative forms of replicability in gene network analysis', Bioinformatics, vol. 32, pp. 1065 - 1073, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btv734
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Gillis J, 2016, 'AuPairWise: A Method to Estimate RNA-Seq Replicability through Co-expression', PLoS Computational Biology, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004868
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Verleyen W; Gillis J, 2015, 'Guidance for RNA-seq co-expression network construction and analysis: Safety in numbers', Bioinformatics, vol. 31, pp. 2123 - 2130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btv118
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Verleyen W; Ballouz S; Gillis J, 2015, 'Measuring the wisdom of the crowds in network-based gene function inference', Bioinformatics, vol. 31, pp. 745 - 752, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btu715
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Gillis J; Ballouz S; Pavlidis P, 2014, 'Bias tradeoffs in the creation and analysis of protein-protein interaction networks', Journal of Proteomics, vol. 100, pp. 44 - 54, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jprot.2014.01.020
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Liu JY; George RA; Bains N; Liu A; Oti M; Gaeta B; Fatkin D; Wouters MA, 2013, 'Gentrepid V2.0: A web server for candidate disease gene prediction', BMC Bioinformatics, vol. 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2105-14-249
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Liu JY; Oti M; Gaeta B; Fatkin D; Bahlo M; Wouters MA, 2014, 'Candidate disease gene prediction using : application to a genome-wide association study on coronary artery disease', Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine, vol. 2, pp. 44 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mgg3.40
  • Working Papers | 2019
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Mangala M; Perry M; Heitmann S; Gillis J; Hill A; Vandenberg J, 2019, Co-expression of calcium channels and delayed rectifier potassium channels protects the heart from proarrhythmic events, http://dx.doi.org10.1101/659821
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Grover MP; Ballouz S; Mohanasundaram KA; George RA; Goscinski A; Crowley TM; Sherman CDH; Wouters MA, 2015, 'Novel therapeutics for coronary artery disease from genome-wide association study data', in BMC Medical Genomics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1755-8794-8-S2-S1
    Conference Presentations | 2014
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Grover MP; Ballouz S; Mohanasundaram KA; George RA; H Sherman CD; Crowley TM; Wouters MA, 2014, 'Identification of novel therapeutics for complex diseases from genome-wide association data', Vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1755-8794-7-S1-S8
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    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Weber M; Pavlidis P; Gillis J, EGAD: Ultra-fast functional analysis of gene networks, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/053868
    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Gillis J, Strength of functional signature correlates with effect size in autism, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/043422
    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Gillis J, AuPairWise: a method to estimate RNA-seq replicability through co-expression, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/044669
    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Pavlidis P; Gillis J, Using predictive specificity to determine when gene set analysis is biologically meaningful, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/080127
    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Crow M; Paul A; Ballouz S; Huang ZJ; Gillis J, Addressing the looming identity crisis in single cell RNA-seq, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/150524
    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Lihm J; Ahrens S; Ballouz S; Lee H; Crow M; Tollkuhn J; McCarthy S; Li B; McCombie WR; Gillis J, How Low Can You Go? Calling Robust ATAC-Seq Peaks Through Read Down-Sampling, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3266868
    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Ballouz S; Dobin A; Gillis J, Is it time to change the reference genome?, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/533166
    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Lee J; Shah M; Ballouz S; Crow M; Gillis J, CoCoCoNet: Conserved and Comparative Co-expression Across a Diverse Set of Species, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.21.053900
    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Kaminow B; Ballouz S; Gillis J; Dobin A, Virtue as the mean: Pan-human consensus genome significantly improves the accuracy of RNA-seq analyses, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.22.423111
    Preprints |
    Dr Sara Ballouz
    Werner JM; Ballouz S; Hover J; Gillis J, Cross-tissue analysis of allelic X-chromosome inactivation ratios resolves features of human development, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2021.09.13.460075
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