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.