Aoua Coulibaly

Aoua Coulibaly


Department of Genetics
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
422 Clinical Research Building
415 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6145


  • Create customized programs to manipulate and format genome-wide data
  • Analyze genome-wide genetic variation from geographically and ethnically diverse Africans to identify genetic variants that play a role in malaria susceptibility
  • Use genome-wide tests of neutrality to identify adaptive candidate genes in the Fulani



M.S. Bioinformatics, Virginia Commonwealth University at Richmond


B.S. Chemistry, Salem College at Winston

Computational Qualifications

Proficient in the following programming languages: Perl, R, UNIX, SQL, HTML, SAS

Experience using the following software packages: Clustal, Tree View, Primrose, Blast, JMP,  Cytoscape, Pajek, PLINK, Beagle, fastPHASE, MEGA 4, CHARMM

Research Experience:

October 2010 – present

Intern, Department of Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

May – December 2009

Research Internship, Virginia Commonwealth University
Developed bioinformatics tools to process and analyze microbiome sequencing reads
Created a vaginal microbiome data analysis pipeline to obtain the taxonomic classification of sequenced reads

January – May 2009

Research Project, Virginia Commonwealth University
Built a Streptococcus Sanguinis gene/protein interaction network using Bioinformatics methodologies

January – August 2007

Independent Study, Virginia Commonwealth University
Comparative genomic and phylogenetic analyses of Staphylococcus aureus strains 

August – December 2007

Independent Study, Virginia Commonwealth University
Searched for proteins that are uniquely shared by intracellular prokaryotic pathogens and eukaryotic intracellular parasites (e.g. Plasmodium Falciparum)

January – May 2005

Research Internship, Wake Forest University
Conducted research on the nature of adenovirus replication in T cell lines; performed cell culture and virus culture in media

May – July 2004

Summer Research Internship, Clemson University
Performed simulations of the gamma chain of fibrinogen in implicit and explicit water; presented a research poster at the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society

August 2004 – May 2005

Chemistry Laboratory Assistant, Salem College
Set up organic chemistry labs and assisted student with their lab assignments

January 2004

Research Intern, Wake Forest University
Conducted research on cruciferous vegetables and how they are involved in the prevention of cancer

August 2003 – May 2004

Academic Tutor, Salem College
Math courses including college algebra, calculus I and calculus II

August 2003 – May 2005

Biology Lab Assistan, Salem College
Set up microbiology lab including media preparation and autoclave


Dean's list, Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC (August 2004 – May 2005)

Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Cottey College, Nevada, MO (August 2001 – May 2003)

Dean's list, President's list, Cottey College, Nevada, MO (August 2002 – May 2003)

Additional Skills

Lab Techniques: PCR and primer design, cloning, sequencing, cell culture, viral infections, fluorescent microscopy, pulse-field gel electrophoresis

Fluent Languages: French, English