Barbara Engelhardt, GTEx Consortium study the diversity of genetic roles in maintaining human tissues.

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017
by jd7

Barbara Engelhardt, an assistant professor of computer science at Princeton and SML Certificate Executive Committee Member, is a principal investigator with the GTEx Consortium, an international group of researchers studying the diversity of genetic roles in maintaining human tissues.

Our genomes help to determine who we are — the countless variations between individuals that encode the complexity of tissues and functions throughout the body.

Since scientists first decoded a draft of the human genome more than 15 years ago, many questions have lingered, two of which have been addressed in a major new study co-led by a Princeton University computer scientist: Is it possible, despite the complexity of billions of bits of genetic information and their variations between people, to develop a mechanistic model for how healthy bodies function? Furthermore, can this model be used to understand how certain diseases emerge?  Read more on the Princeton University homepage.