Scott Emrich Concurrent Research Associate Professor

UND Director of Bioinformatics
Scott Emrich

Research Interests:

My research interests include genome-focused bioinformatics, parallel computing, and arthropod genomics (VectorBase and Arthropod Genomics Consortium). Specifically, my group is focusing on non-model genome assembly and analysis with applications to global health and ecology. This research is associated with multiple ND Strategic Research Initiatives in biology including the Eck Institute and the Environomental Change Initiative (ECI).



  • UND Director of Bioinformatics, Office of Research
  • Research Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, ND
  • Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, ND
  • Ph.D., Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Iowa State University, 2007
  • B.S., Biology and Computer Science, Loyola College in Maryland, 2002


Recent Papers:

  • Egan, S.P., Ragland, G., Assour, L., Powell, T.H.Q., Hood, G.R., Emrich, S., Nosil, P. and J. L. Feder. Experimental evidence of genome-wide impact of ecological selection during early stages of speciation-with-gene-flow. Ecology Letters, 18(8):817—825.
  • Mbengue, A., Bhattacharjee, S., Pandharkar, T. , Haining, L., Estiu, G., Stahelin, R.V., Rizk, S., Njimoh, D.L., Ryan, Y., Chotivanich, K., Nguon, C., Ghorbal, M., Lopez-Rubio, J.J., Pfrender, M., Emrich, S., Mohandas, N., Dondorp, A.M., Wiest, O. and K. Haldar. A molecula mechanism of artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum malaria. Nature, 520(7549):683-687.
  • Fontaine, M.C., Pease, J.B., Steele, A., Waterhouse, R.M., Neafsey, D.E., Sharakhovm I.V., Jiang, X., Hall, A.B., Catteruccia, F., Kakani, E., Mitchell, S.N., Wu, Y.-C., Smith, H.A., Love, R.R., Lawniczak, M.K., Slotman, M.A., Emrich, S.J., Hahn, M.W. and N.J. Besansky. Extensive introgression in a malaria vector species complex revealed by phylogenomics. Science, 347(6217):1258524
  • The Anopheles Genomes Cluster Consortium. Highly evolvable malaria vectors: the genomes of 16 Anopheles mosquitoes. Science, 347(6217):1258522.
  • Giraldo-Calderon, G.*, Emrich, S.*, MacCallum, B., Maslen, G., Gesing, S., Dialynas, E., Topalis, P., Ho, N., Madey, G.,Colins, F., Lawson, D. and the VectorBase Consortium. VectorBase: an updated bioinformatics resource for invertebrate vectors of human pathogens Nucleic Acids Research, gku1117.
  • O'Neil, S.T., Dzurisin, J.D.K., Williams, C.M. , Lobo, N.F., Higgins, J.K., Deines, J.M., Carmichael, R.D., Zeng, E., Tan, J.C., Wu, G.C., Emrich, S.J. and J.J. Hellmann. Gene expression in closely related species mirrors local adaptation: consequences for responses to a warming world. Molecular Ecology, 23(11):2686-2698.