Robert Searles, Ph.D.
Director, Massively Parallel Sequencing Shared Resource
Associate Director, Integrated Genomics Laboratory
Ph: 503 418-2736
Dr. Robert Searles is the director of the Massively Parallel Sequencing Shared Resource (MPSSR) and associate director of the OHSU Integrated Genomics Laboratory (IGL). He holds the rank of Senior Staff Scientist. He was the director of the OHSU Spotted Microarray Core from 2000 until it's closure in 2009. He was also the director of the Illumina Microarray Core from 2006 until 2010 when it merged with the Affymetrix Microarray in 2010 to form a more integrated Gene Microarray Shared Resouce. Dr. Searles received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Oregon State University and his doctorate from the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles. He did postdoctoral work in molecular neuroscience at the Oregon National Primate Research Center, focusing on the sequencing and transcriptional regulation of adrenergic and GRP receptors. Subsequent to this, he joined the ONPRC Division of Pathobiology and Immunology as a staff scientist and studied viral genomics, collaborating on the sequencing and phylogenetic analysis of a rhesus macaque gamma-2 herpesvirus that is closely related to the human Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus. Dr. Searles was recruited by the ONRPC in 1999 as a bioinformaticist as a part of the rhesus macaque genome mapping project. He helped establish the Spotted MIcroarray Core in 2000, the Illumina Microarray Core in 2006, and the MPSSR starting in 2008.