Rochester, Minnesota




Gavin R. Oliver, M.S., researches the novel application of omics techniques to the study of genetic and genomic disease. Mr. Oliver operates as bioinformatics lead within the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, where his major focus is on improving the diagnosis of rare undiagnosed disease. His previous work within academia and industry has focused on genomic and transcriptomic studies of cancer.

Focus areas

  • Diagnostic odyssey. Mr. Oliver dedicates much of his efforts toward development and implementation of new methods to facilitate the diagnosis of rare inherited disease. Existing clinical methodologies have the potential to diagnose only a fraction of cases. Mr. Oliver's work focuses on the development and application of computational approaches that will drive diagnostic rates higher and facilitate improved future clinical testing.
  • Transcriptomics of rare disease. Mr. Oliver is developing novel methods for the investigation of transcriptional abrogation in genetic disease. While genetic studies have traditionally focused on profiling DNA, recent developments have revealed RNA as a rich source of potential diagnostic information. Mechanisms under study include fusion transcription, splicing defects and aberrant gene expression.
  • Noncoding variation. As the genomics field moves increasingly toward routine genome sequencing, it will be necessary to shift attention beyond the subset of the genome that codes for protein products and instead focus on the less understood variation that affects genome function and gene expression. Mr. Oliver is developing methods to enable the discovery of disease-causing noncoding variants.

Significance to patient care

Mr. Oliver's work has the potential to expedite and improve the diagnosis of rare genetic disease, elucidating mechanisms of pathogenicity and opening new avenues toward improved patient care, treatment and quality of life.


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Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics


  1. Certificate - Machine Learning A-Z: Hands-On Python & R In Data Science UDEMY
  2. Graduate School - Clinical Genetics Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
  3. Graduate School - Transcription, Chromatin and Epigenetics Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
  4. Graduate School - Cancer Biology II Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
  5. Graduate School - Cancer Biology I Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
  6. Certificate - Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression Coursera & University of Melbourne
  7. Certificate - EMBL/Genomatix Practical Course Next-Ge Seq Data EMBL Heidelberg
  8. Certificate - Ensemble Workshop for Developers University of Cambridge
  9. Certificate - Effective Writing for Biomedical Professionals University of Oxford
  10. Certificate - Presentation Skills Whitewater Training
  11. Certificate - Supervisory Management Skills Whitewater Training
  12. Certificate - Computer System Validation and CFR 21 part 11 SQT Training Ireland
  13. MSc - Bioinformatics University of Ulster
  14. Diploma - Industrial Studies University of Reno
  15. BSc - Biomedical Sciences University of Ulster
  16. Certificate - Statistical Inference Coursera

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