Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics

Better health through early detection and treatment

Our investigators focus on identifying predictive biomarkers and understanding the molecular underpinnings of human diseases. By understanding their molecular details, we raise the odds of detecting diseases early and intervening to improve patients’ lives.

We use a wide range of investigative approaches, including making direct molecular changes inside and outside cells to observe outcomes; collecting and cataloging biomolecular measurements of patient samples at the full-system scale; developing biostatistical models based on large-scale data; evaluating big data using computational biology, metabolomics and genetic methods; and employing machine and deep learning to classify human disease.

 

Director

Joshua LaBaer, MD, PhD

 

Joshua LaBaer is one of the nation’s foremost investigators in the rapidly expanding field of personalized diagnostics. His efforts focus on the discovery and validation of biomarkers — unique molecular fingerprints of disease — which can provide early warning for those at risk of major illnesses, including cancer and diabetes. In addition, he is the executive director of the Biodesign Institute.

Faculty members

Karen Anderson

Karen Anderson

Professor

Chad Borges

Chad Borges

Associate Professor

Reed Cartwright

Reed Cartwright

Assistant Professor

Yunro “Roy” Chung

Yunro “Roy” Chung

Assistant Professor

Li Liu

Li Liu

Assistant Professor

Alexandra Lucas

Alexandra Lucas

Research Professor

Mitch Magee

Mitch Magee

Assistant Research Professor

Marco Mangone

Marco Mangone

Associate Professor

Vel Murugan

Vel Murugan

Associate Research Director and Professor

Jin Park

Jin Park

Assistant Research Professor

Milene Peterson

Milene Peterson

Assistant Research Professor

Ji Qiu

Ji Qiu

Research Professor

Lusheng Song

Lusheng Song

Assistant Research Professor

Wade Van Horn

Wade Van Horn

Associate Professor

 
Faculty associates

Jennifer Blain Christen

Jennifer Blain Christen

Associate Professor

Carolyn Compton

Carolyn Compton

Professor

Haiwei Gu

Haiwei Gu

Assistant Professor

Doug Lake

Doug Lake

Associate Professor

Barbara Munk

Barbara Munk

Clinical Professor

Mehdi Nikkhah

Mehdi Nikkhah

Associate Professor

Peter Wiktor

Peter Wiktor

Research Professor

   

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