Jason J. Pitt

PhD Student,
- Kevin White Laboratory

Contact Information

University of Chicago - IGSB
900 E. 57th, KDBD 10240
Chicago, IL 60637

Phone: 773-834-0074
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My broad research interests are in how data-intensive computing can help provide novel insights into biological processes, especially with respect to cancer genomics.

1) Despite decades of research, our understanding of cancer heritability and clonal evolution patterns are limited. Using large data repositories such as The Cancer Genome Atlas, I’m exploring how germline variation can influence the mutational landscape in a variety of malignancies. Elucidating the interplay between germline and somatic variation will provide us with a deeper understanding of cancer susceptibility and disease progression.
2) Processing terabytes of data is a significant burden both in terms of software and hardware. To help maximize resources and alleviate computational constraints on data analysis, I’m interested in developing parallel genomics workflows for high-performance and cloud computing systems.
3) Lastly, one of my longer standing interests is genetic ethics, particularly topics pertaining to genetic exceptionalism

Research Papers