Arizona Health Sciences

George Watts, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: 3927
Building: University of Arizona Cancer Center
Phone: (520) 626-4724

Email: gwatts@email.arizona.edu

Lab Website: University of Arizona Cancer Center Shared Service

  • 1998 - Ph.D. University of Arizona (Pharmacology and Toxicology)
  • 1993 - B.S., University of Delaware (Chemistry)

Dr. Watts is co-director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) Genomics Shared Service supported by the UACC and the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center. He has 20 years of molecular biology experience with emphasis on analysis of nucleic acids including their isolation and quality control, sequencing, expression, and data analysis.

Research Interests: 

Currently Dr. Watts is utilizing next-generation sequencing to perform whole genome analysis of pathogens in clinical infections to improve diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Watts has developed methods to isolate pathogens from samples types such as swabs, tissue, and whole blood that allow both 16s rRNA sequencing and whole genome sequencing without the need for culture. In collaboration with Dr. Bonnie Hurwitz (Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering), Dr. David Armstrong (Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance) and Dr. Lee Cranmer (University of Washington, Seattle), and Dr. Faiz Anwer (UA Cancer Center), Dr. Watts is testing next-generation sequencing in diabetic foot ulcers and neutropenic fever patients.

Honors and Awards: 
2010 - Arizona Daily Star “Tucson’s 40 Under 40” award recipient
2008 - Southwest Environmental Health Science Center Pilot Project Grant
2006 - AZCC Basic Research Institutional Grant
2005 - American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant
2002-2005 - Arizona Cancer Center GI SPORE Career Development Award

 

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