Ioannis Ragoussis, Ph.D.
McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre, Canada
Ioannis (Jiannis) RAGOUSSIS, Ph.D., is the Head of Genome Sciences at the McGill Genome Center and Professor in Human Genetics, at the Department of Human Genetics and Department of Bioengineering, McGill University. He has a long-standing career of 35 years in genomics, since the start of his PhD in Biochemistry with Immunology and Genetics at the University of Tübingen, Germany. He has introduced new genomics technologies for gene identification and mapping at Guy’s Hospital in London as Lecturer and Reader, introduced high-throughput genotyping technologies at Oxford University as Head of Genomics, where he also established Next Generation Sequencing. He has developed expertise and experience stretching over a wide spectrum of next generation sequencing applications.
Since he moved to McGill University in 2013, he has established genomics facilities, introduced for the first time in Québec and developed single cell genomics, long read sequencing in form of Nanopore and PacBio Sequel, as well as Hi-C approaches for de novo genome sequencing. His laboratory plays a central role in the Quebec SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing project in Quebec (CovSeQ). He is leading virus genomics and sequencing in the CIHR funded Network CoVaRR-Net and a member of the CanCOGeN virus and host sequencing consortium, where he chairs the CovSeQ sequencing committee. He established an Advanced Genomic Technologies laboratory in 2020, with focus on single cell genomics and long read sequencing, working with Academia, Industry and the Canadian Government. He has authored or co-authored over 240 publications in the field of genomics.