David T. Okou
Assist. Professor David T. Okou, M.S., Ph.D., Emory University
Dr. David Okou is an Assistant Professor in the department of pediatric at the Emory University School of Medicine. He trained in molecular biology as a graduate student where he contributed to the development of rapid immunoassays using green fluorescent protein tag.
As a postdoctoral fellow, he trained in human genetics, genomic data analysis and genomics sequencing technologies. Dr. Okou pioneered the sample preparation methodology (MGS) that selects a user defined genomic region for high-throughput resequencing of eukaryotic organism. As a clinical molecular genetics fellow, he trained on testing for mutations and interpreting molecular analysis for the diagnosis of diseases and a broad range of inherited human disorders.
His expertise makes use of the genomic and bioinformatics tools to identify genetic variations that explain human diseases and integrate genetic findings/discoveries into clinical practice. His research mainly focuses on identifying the genetic cause of human diseases and understanding the microbiome structure and their functions in human complex disorders that often share genetic links, while having disparate symptoms. This entails developing high-throughput capabilities for processing and interpreting metagenomic and metatranscriptomic datasets to comprehensively examine the microbiome and relate microbes present in the human gut to their biomolecular activities.
As an advisor, Dr. Okou brings a wealth of knowledge to CiDrep, in areas such as, human genetics research, genomic data analysis, clinical molecular genetics and genomics sequencing technologies.