Shane C Burgess

Shane C Burgess

Dean, Charles-Sander - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Vice President, Agriculture - Life and Veterinary Sciences / Cooperative Extension
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Professor, Immunobiology
Professor, BIO5 Institute
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Shane C. BurgessVice President for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative ExtensionDean, College of Agriculture and Life SciencesInterim Dean, School of Veterinary MedicineDirector, Arizona Experiment StationA native of New Zealand, Dr. Burgess has worked around the world as a practicing veterinarian and scientist. His areas of expertise include cancer biology, virology, proteomics, immunology and bioinformatics.Since 1997 he has 186 refereed publications, trained 37 graduate students and has received nearly $55 million in competitive funding.The first in his extended family to complete college, Dr. Burgess graduated with distinction as a veterinarian in 1989 from Massey University, New Zealand. He has worked in, and managed veterinary clinical practices in Australia and the UK, including horses, farm animals, pets, wild and zoo animals, and emergency medicine and surgery. He did a radiology residency at Murdoch University in Perth in Western Australia, where he co-founded Perth's first emergency veterinary clinic concurrently. He has managed aquaculture facilities in Scotland. He did his PhD in virology, immunology and cancer biology, conferred by Bristol University medical school, UK while working full time outside of the academy between 1995 and 1998. Dr. Burgess volunteered to work in the UK World Reference Laboratory for Exotic Diseases during the 2001 UK foot and mouth disease crisis, where he led the diagnosis reporting office, for the Office of the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair. He was awarded the Institute for Animal Health Director's Award for Service.In 2002, Dr. Burgess joined Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine as an assistant professor. He was recruited from Mississippi State as a professor, an associate dean of the college and director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology to lead the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in July 2011. Under Dr. Burgess’ leadership, the college has a total budget of more than $120M with over 3,400 students and more than 1,800 employees.


Wang, N., Burgess, S., Lawrence, M., & Bridges, S. (2009). Proteogenomic mapping for structural annotation of prokaryote genomes. Proceedings - 2009 International Joint Conference on Bioinformatics, Systems Biology and Intelligent Computing, IJCBS 2009, 103-106.


Structural annotation of genomes is one of major goals of genomics research. Most popular tools for structural annotation of genomes are determined by computational pipelines. It is well-known that these computational methods have a number of shortcomings including false identifications and incorrect identification of gene boundaries. Proteomic data can used to confirm the identification of genes identified by computational methods and correct mistakes. A Proteogenomic mapping method has been developed, which uses peptides identified from mass spectrometry for structural annotation of genomes. Spectra are matched against both a protein database and the genome database translated in all six reading frames. Those peptides that match the genome but not the protein database potentially represent novel protein coding genes, annotation errors. These short experimentally derived peptides are used to discover potential novel protein coding genes called expressed Protein Sequence Tags (ePSTs) by aligning the peptides to the genomic DNA and extending the translation in the 3' and 5' direction. In the paper, an enhanced pipeline, has been designed and developed for discovering and evaluating of potential novel protein coding genes: 1) a distance-based outlier detection method for validating peptides identified from MS/MS, 2) a proteogenomic mapping for discovery of potential novel protein coding genes, 3) collection of evidence from a number of sources and automatically evaluate potential novel protein coding genes by using machine learning techniques, such as Neural Network, Support Vector Machine, Naïve Bayes etc.

Khijwania, S. K., Kim, C. K., Singh, J. P., & Burgess, S. C. (2008). Optimized fiber optic bioprobe with high spectral contrast exploiting laser-induced fluorescence for malignancy diagnosis. Applied Optics, 47(35), 6615-6624.

PMID: 19079471;Abstract:

A high spectral contrast is expected to be very important when laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) is employed for cancer diagnosis. We developed a LIF optical fiber sensor to achieve a very high spectral contrast between normal and malignant tissues. A comprehensive experimental investigation was carried out to study the role of two critically important parameters for sensor design, namely, the excitationcollection geometry and the excitation wavelength, and their effect on the autofluorescence spectral contrast. An optimum sensing configuration was determined in order to enhance the small, but consistent, spectral difference between the normal and the malignant tissue for improving the accuracy of LIF-based cancer diagnosis. With the optimum sensor configuration, we realized a spectral contrast of more than 22 times between normal and malignant tissue sample spectra. © 2008 Optical Society of America.

McCarthy, F. M., Cooksey, A. M., & Burgess, S. C. (2009). Sequential detergent extraction prior to mass spectrometry analysis.. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 528, 110-118.

PMID: 19153687;Abstract:

Sequential detergent extraction of proteins from eukaryotic cells has been used to increase proteome coverage of 2D-PAGE. We have adapted sequential detergent extraction for use with the high-throughput non-electrophoretic proteomics method of liquid chromatography and electrospray ionisation tandem mass spectrometry. This method of extraction yields comprehensive proteomes that include up to twice as many membrane proteins as other published methods. Two thirds of these membrane proteins have more than one transmembrane domain and many of these have multiple transmembrane domains. Since sequential detergent extraction (SDE) separates proteins based upon their physicochemistry and sub-cellular localisation, this method also provides useful data about cellular localisation.

McCarthy, F. M., Mahony, T. J., Parcells, M. S., & Burgess, S. C. (2009). Understanding animal viruses using the Gene Ontology. Trends in Microbiology, 17(7), 328-335.

PMID: 19577474;Abstract:

Understanding the effects of viral infection has typically focused on specific virus-host interactions such as tissue tropism, immune responses and histopathology. However, modeling viral pathogenesis requires information about the functions of gene products from both virus and host, and how these products interact. Recent developments in the functional annotation of genomes using Gene Ontology (GO) and in modeling functional interactions among gene products, together with an increased interest in systems biology, provide an excellent opportunity to generate global interaction models for viral infection. Here, we review how the GO is being used to model viral pathogenesis, with a focus on animal viruses. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Bridges, S. M., Burgess, S. C., & McCarthy, F. M. (2009). Introduction to the Proceedings of the Avian Genomics and Gene Ontology Annotation Workshop. BMC Genomics, 10(SUPPL. 2).

PMID: 19607650;PMCID: PMC2966328;Abstract:

The Avian Genomics Conference and Gene Ontology Annotation Workshop brought together researchers and students from around the world to present their latest research addressing the delivery of value from the billions of base-pairs of Archosaur sequence that have become available in the last few years. This editorial describes the conference itself and introduces the ten peer-reviewed manuscripts accepted for publications in the proceedings. These manuscripts address issues ranging from the poultry industry view of USDA genomics policy to the genomics of a wide variety of Archeosaur species including chicken, duck, alligator, and condors and their pathogens. © 2009 Bridges et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.