William J. Rowell

Senior Scientist, Bioinformatics

Pacific Biosciences

Billy Rowell is a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist on the Bioinformatics Applications Team at PacBio. His research interests include the detection and phasing of small variants in long read sequencing data. He has experience in classical genetics in model organisms, neurogenetics, and human genetics. At PacBio, he has focused on the detection and phasing of variants in targeted capture or whole genome sequencing data from human samples.


  • long read sequencing
  • variant detection (SNVs, small indels, structural variants)
  • variant phasing and haplotype generation
  • target capture and amplicon sequencing
  • workflow design


  • MA in Molecular and Cell Biology, 2010

    University of California, Berkeley

  • BS Biology with Chemistry minor, 2002

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill