Dr. Felix Breden 

I am a population geneticist interested in behaviour, sexual selection, guppies and human immunogenetics. I moved with my wife, Jamie Scott, from the University of Missouri-Columbia to Simon Fraser University in 1993. I have worked on toads, beetles, cornborers, and mathematical models of the evolution of social behaviour. I now concentrate on opsin evolution and speciation in guppies, and how variability in human immunoglobulin genes can affect susceptibility to autoimmune and infectious diseases, and response to vaccines.

Nishanth Marthandan

Nishanth is a Ph.D. candidate, Computational Biology/Bioinformatics at Simon Fraser University. His current projects include: Analysis of immune repertoire NGS data in understanding immune responses in HIV+, SLE+ and healthy individuals; Contributing functional requirements and knowledge expertise to the design and development of iReceptor - A Distributed Data Management System for Mining “Next Generation” Sequence Data from Immune Responses as part of the  CANARIE contract and CFI/Compute Canada iReceptor Challenge 1 Cyberinfrastructure Grant. 

iReceptor Team

iReceptor is a distributed data management system and scientific gateway for mining “Next Generation” sequence data from immune responses. Researchers at Simon Fraser University, led by Dr. Felix Breden and Dr. Jamie Scott, are working to create this publicly accessible database. The iReceptor team is also working to integrate the system with international efforts, such as VDJServer at University of Texas Southwest Medical Centre, and the AIRR Community to develop protocols and best practices to facilitate comparing and sharing Adaptive Immune Receptor Repetoire (AIRR) data. iReceptor is a project located at the IRMACS Centre at Simon Fraser University. It is funded by the CANARIE Network Enabled Platforms Program, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), and Simon Fraser University.