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  • Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2013
  • B.S., Schreiner University, 2006


  • Algorithms for Computational Biology with Perl
  • General Biology for Majors
  • Genes, Genomes and Genomics


August Blackburn, Ph.D., is Visiting Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences who specializes in bioinformatics in the St. Mary’s University Department of Biological Sciences. He joined the University in August 2019.

Blackburn received his Ph.D. in Cellular and Structural Biology from UT Health San Antonio in 2013. Blackburn did postdoctoral fellowships in statistical genetics in the Department of Genetics at Texas Biomedical Research Institute and the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. During this time, he founded Blackburn Statistics, LLC, a consulting company specializing in bioinformatics and biostatistics.

Blackburn’s research is focused on developing statistical and computational methods for the biological sciences, with an emphasis on human genetics. Blackburn is involved in several different research areas including developing phasing software for whole genome sequencing and developing peak alignment software for GCxGC-TOFMS metabolomics data. He is an advocate for scientific, statistical and computational literacy, and believes the application of the scientific method, statistics and computing are revolutionary forces that are changing, and will continue to change, human existence.


Kristen Malloy, Damon Cardenas, August Blackburn, Luke Whitmire, Jose Cavazos. Time to response and patient visibility during tonic-clonic seizures in the epilepsy monitoring unit. Epilepsy & Behavior 89, 84-88 (2018).

Lucy Blondell, August Blackburn, Mark Z. Kos, John Blangero, Harld HH Göring. Contribution of Inbred Singletons to Variance Component Estimation of Heritability and Linkage. Human Heredity. 83, 92-99 (2018).

Blackburn MB, April MMD, Brown CDJ, DeLorenzo RA, Ryan KL, Blackburn AN, Schauer MSG. Prehospital Airway Procedures Performed in Trauma Patients by Ground Forces in Afghanistan. Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. 85(1S):S154–S160, July 2018.

Kos MZ, Carless MA, Peralta J, Curran JE, Quillen EE, Almeida M, Blackburn A, Blondell L, Roalf DR, Pogue-Geile MF, Gur RC, Göring HHH, Nimgaonkar VL, Gur RE, Almasy L. Exome sequences of multiplex, multigenerational families reveal schizophrenia risk loci with potential implications for neurocognitive performance. American Journal of Medical Genetics: Part B Neuropsychiatric Genetics 174(8), 817-827 (2017).

Mark Kos, Melanie Carless, Juan Peralta, August Blackburn, Marcio Almeida, David Roalf, Michael F Pogue-Geile, Konasale Prasad, Ruben C Gur, Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, Joanne E Curran, Ravi Duggirala, David C Glahn, John Blangero, Raquel E Gur, Laura Almasy. Exome sequence data from multigenerational families implicate AMPA receptor trafficking in neurocongnitive impairment and schizophrenia risk. Schizophrenia Bulletin 42(2), 288-300 (2015).

August Blackburn, Marcio Almeda, Angela Dean, Joanne E. Curran, Mattew P. Johnson, Eric K. Moses, Lawrence J. Abraham, Melanie A Carless, Thomas D. Dyer, Satish Kumar, Laura Almasy, Michael C. Mahaney, Anthony Comuzzie, Sarah Williams-Blangero, John Blangero, Donna M Lehman, Harald HH Göring. Effects of copy number variable regions on local gene expression in white blood cells of Mexican Americans. European Journal of Human Genetics 23(9), 1229-1235 (2015).

August N Blackburn, Angela K. Dean, Donna M. Lehman. Imputation in Families Using a Heuristic Phasing Approach. BMC Proceedings 8(Suppl 1):S16 (2014).

August Blackburn, Desiree Wilson, Jonathan Gelfond, Li Yao, Javier Hernandez, Ian M. Thompson, Robin J. Leach, Donna M. Lehman. Validation of copy number variants associated with prostate cancer risk and prognosis. Journal of Urologic Oncology 32(1), 44e15-44e20 (2014).

August Blackburn, Harald HH Göring, Angela Dean, Melanie A Carless, Thomas Dyer, Satish Kumar, Sharon Fowler, Joanne E Curran, Laura Almasy, Michael Mahaney, Anthony Comuzzie, Ravindranath Duggirala, John Blangero, Donna M Lehman. Utilizing extended pedigree information for discovery and confirmation of copy number variable regions among Mexican Americans. European Journal of Human Genetics 21, 404-409 (2013).

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