The Sartor lab

The Sartor lab develops bioinformatics methods and tools for the analysis of high-throughput genome-wide regulatory and epigenomics data, and focuses on understanding the biological/clinical significance of results. The biological focus is cancer, specifically head and neck squamous cell carcinomas with a focus on human papillomavirus (HPV)-related cancers.

Lab Philosophy and Core Values

Our overall aim is to help all people lead a balanced, happy, safe, healthy, and meaningful life. This includes our current and previous lab members, all students in our graduate program, collaborators and colleagues, our families and friends, people who are very different from ourselves, and society overall. Our research aims to help cancer patients and to provide tools that can be used to advance the prevention and treatment of many diseases. Our main source of motivation to perform high quality, rigorous research stems from contributing to a better society. Because of this, we value cooperation within and between labs more than competition. We deeply value diversity, equity and inclusion, and make a strong effort to understand those who are different from ourselves, and actively advocate for those who are marginalized in any way. We recognize that we do not always do all of these things well, but try our best, given our circumstances and abilities. We adopt the Michigan Medicine Core Values of 1) Caring - treat everyone with dignity, kindness and respect, promoting the well-being of self and others. 2) Integrity - adhere to the highest ethical standards, practicing truth and transparency in my words and actions. 3) Teamwork - work together with a shared purpose where each voice is encouraged, respected and valued. 4) Innovation - promote a culture of creativity that inspires new ideas and ways of thinking and behaving.

About the PI: Maureen A. Sartor

Maureen Sartor
Associate Professor of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Medical School
Associate Professor of Biostatistics, School of Public Health
Associate Director, Bioinformatics Graduate Program
Faculty Bioinformatics Director, Epigenomics Core

University of Michigan
100 Washtenaw Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2218

Office: 734-763-8013; Fax: 734-615-6553


Ph.D., Biostatistics, University of Cincinnati, 2007
M.S., Biomathematics, North Carolina State University, 2000
B.S., Mathematics, minors in Biology and Computer science, Xavier University, 1998

Courses Taught

BIOINF500: Skills to Succeed in the Bioinformatics Graduate Program
BIOSTAT646 / BIOINF545: High Throughput Molecular Genomic and Epigenomic Data Analysis (Syllabus PDF)
BIOINF527: Introduction to Bioinformatics - Lectures on statistics, gene expression and ChIP-seq data
BIOINF575: Programming in Bioinformatics - Section on programming in R
Girls Who Code: Faculty Advisor (starting 2017)


Online Python and R courses: