Taylor Lab

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center | School of Medicine | New Orleans, LA

The Taylor Lab focuses on microbial community research and visualization methods. Our primary area of research is studying the vaginal microbiome and relationships with bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, and other sexually transmitted infections. We also have ongoing studies on the gut microbiome and relationships with alcohol use and HIV.

Christopher Taylor, PhD

Principal Investigator | Associate Professor

Chris is a Computer Scientist who began working on computational biology in 2003 soon after the sequencing of the human genome was completed. His graduate research focused on studying the timing of human DNA replication using DNA-tiling microarrays as part of the NIH funded ENCODE project. In 2008 he shifted his focus to the emerging field of high-throughput sequencing and has directed the development of software tools and systems for dual RNA-Seq analysis and 16S rDNA sequencing of microbial communities. The current research focus of his lab is on the human microbiome, studying the bacteria that live within and upon us, and the impact that antibiotics and probiotics have on these vital communities.

Vince Maffei

MD/PhD Graduate Student (Alumnus)

Vince began working in the bioinformatics lab with Dr. Taylor to pursue his PhD in 2014. His research investigates the interation between alcohol use and the gut microbiota in an HIV-positive patient population. Vince has developed analysis methods for looking at networks of bacteria that interact within the gut community and has applied this approach to a study of biological aging and the human gut microbiota. He was also a T32 trainee working with the LSUHSC Comprehensive Alcohol Research Center (CARC) and successfully applied for and received an F30 award from NIH/NIAAA. Vince is currently in Baton Rouge finishing up his MD degree.

Gene Blanchard

Bioinformatics Analyst | Lab Manager (Alumnus)

Gene began working in bioinformatics with Dr. Taylor at Children's Hospital New Orleans as a student worker in 2012. After graduating from the University of New Orleans in May 2013 with a degree in Computer Science he joined Dr. Taylor's lab at LSUHSC as a full-time bioinformatics analyst. He managed the high-perfomance Linux machines in addition to managing and analyzing the large amounts of sequencing data generated by the Microbial Genomics Resource Group MiSeq. Gene has recently moved to a position in industry where he develops solutions using cloud computing infrastructure.

What we do

The Taylor lab is involved in a wide range of activities.

Analyze Sequencing Data

We utilize 16S rDNA sequencing data to study microbial communities with particular interest in the human reproductive tract and interactions with STIs


We design, implement, and test new software tools for analysis and processing of sequencing data.

Pipeline Design

We stitch together software tools to construct custom pipelines that accelerate our research and enhance reproducibility

Data Visualization

We develop and implement new ways to visualize sequencing data


We teach our collaborators how to use these tools to analyze their own data through direct interaction in our lab as well as lectures offered to the community as a whole

Computational Resources

We maintain and administer 6 high-performance Linux workstations each with 48 cores and 512GB of RAM and we maintain over 100TB of combined secondary storage.

Lectures On Informatics

A link to introductory lecture series given by the Taylor lab.

Get in touch

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    CSRB Room 605
    533 Bolivar Street,
    New Orleans, LA 70112
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