The Razavi Newman
Integrative Genomics and Bioinformatics Core


Salk Institute for Biological Studies - The Razavi Newman
Integrative Genomics and Bioinformatics Core - People

Facility Staff

Max Shokhirev

Director and Staff Scientist
Integrative Genomics and Bioinformatics Core

Max comes from a family of scientists and has worked on diverse projects across Biochemistry, Computer Science, Immunology, Genomics, and Systems Biology. He has experience both developing computational tools and algorithms as well as wet-lab experience preparing libraries, working with mice, microscopy, flow cytometry, and biochemical assays. He has a passion for developing customized computational tools for integration of diverse datasets, and is excited to lead a team of talented bioinformatics analysts with the goal of facilitating biological discovery through integrative analysis of complex data.

Please feel free to contact Max or the entire IGC ( to start our collaboration.

Galina Erikson

Bioinformatics Analyst I
Integrative Genomics and Bioinformatics Core

Galina joined Salk Institute in 2016. Prior to Salk she worked at the Scripps Translational Science Institute as a bioinformatics programmer where she developed several pipelines and tools, specializing in whole genome and exome analyses. She is the author of several papers including a recent one that aims to understand the genetics of disease free aging. Prior to STSI she completed the bioinformatics graduate certificate from UCSD Extension and worked under the supervision of Dr. Gerard Manning studying the evolution of kinases here at Salk.
As a bioinformatics analyst at the IGC, Galina enjoys working on many diverse biological questions, developing tools for genomics analysis, and looks forward to many new collaborations in the future.

Ling Huang

Bioinformatics Analyst I
Integrative Genomics and Bioinformatics Core

Ling joined the IGC in late 2016 after obtaining a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and M.S. in Bioinformatics from the University of Michigan where she studied the regulation of plant root development and comparative genomics. Ling has a strong background in genomics, plant biology, bioinformatics, and statistics, which allows her to tackle complex data integration projects at the Salk. Specifically, Ling is interested in integrating the high-throughput sequencing data with metabolomics and/or proteomics data to determine the driving factors for a wide range of biological phenomena.


The IGC is committed to training the next generation of bioinformatics scientists. An internship with the IGC provides hands-on experience with analysis of cutting edge biological datasets, HPC computing in a Linux environment, bioinformatics tool development, and participation in local scientific conferences. Keep an eye out for announced internship opportunities through UCSD AIP or on the Salk website.