Chiquito Joaquim Crasto, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor - Bioinformatics
Adjunct Graduate Faculty, Department of Computer Science
Chiquito J. Crasto is a Research Associate Professor at the Center for Biotechnology and Genomics, TTU. He also has a graduate Adjunct faculty position at the Department of Computer Science.
Dr. Crasto, a recipient of the Government of India National Merit Scholarship, graduated from the University of Mumbai and the Indian Institute of Technology with degrees in Chemistry. He has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Ohio State University and a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Crasto’s doctoral research involved using small-molecular crystallography and theoretical methods to study non-bonded electronic interactions.
Dr. Crasto’s first postdoctoral stint, where he was awarded the Plain and Fancy Postdoctoral Fellowship, was at the Institute for Basic Research, the Fox Chase Cancer Center. His research was in biochemistry and macro-molecular crystallography—studying cancer-related proteins and protein-DNA complexes. Here, Dr. Crasto made his first foray into bioinformatics software development in the domain of computational proteomics.
Dr. Crasto continued his research studies at Yale University School of Medicine at the Department of Neuroscience and the Center for Medical Informatics as an Associate Research Scientist. His research involved applying bioinformatics and software development to neuroscience. At Yale, Dr. Crasto was part of the Human Brain Project, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH. Chiquito also began research in the computational assessments of the interactions between olfactory receptors and odorant receptors. As part of the SenseLab project at the Yale University School of Medicine, Chiquito became the Scientific Coordinator of the Olfactory Receptor Database and the Odor Database. He has continued to maintain these and other resources. Chiquito also extended his research to knowledge management of data resources and the biomedical literature. At Yale, Dr. Crasto edited his first book titled Neuroinformatics for Humana Press.
Dr. Crasto was Assistant Professor at the Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham. Having obtained NIH funding and UAB intramural funding, he continued his research in olfaction as well as research in knowledge management. Chiquito also was involved in collaborative research delving into the clinical domain—applying knowledge management and computational principles to melanocortin receptors, acute kidney injury, pulmonary disease, neurodegenerative disease and Lyme disease. At UAB, Chiquito edited his second book titled, “Olfactory Receptors” for Springer.
Dr. Crasto was the course Master of the Bioinformatics course for the Graduate Biomedical Sciences at UAB. Dr. Crasto has developed methodologies for e-education in bioinformatics, having written a book chapter titled “Bioinformatics for Biological Researchers—Using Online Modalities.”
Dr. Crasto has taught Chemistry as a graduate student. He has held Adjunct teaching positions at King University in Tennessee, Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, Georgia and University of New Haven, West Haven, Connecticut. He has taught Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry and Proteomics.
At TTU, Dr. Crasto will continue his personal research as well as work with collaborators both in and outside TTU. He will teach courses in Introduction to Bioinformatics, Advanced Bioinformatics, Programming as well as Computational Proteomics.