Maria Patterson

Research Professional,
- Robert Grossman Laboratory

Contact Information

Department of Human Genetics
The University of Chicago
Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery
900 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Room 10140

Phone: (773)-834-0914
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Maria Patterson received her BA in Physics with a specialization in Astrophysics at the University of Chicago and MS and PhD in Astronomy at New Mexico State University.  As an Astronomy PhD student, she built 3D computer models of the morphology and kinematics of gaseous galaxy halos to study galaxy growth.  She was also Principal Investigator for a deep, wide-field optical survey of nearby galaxies that was able to recover faint star formation and signatures of galaxy mergers undetected in previous observations.


Dr. Patterson currently works with the Open Science Data Cloud, which provides the scientific community with cloud-based storage and computing resources to easily share and manage data and data analysis algorithms.  She is also a lead for Project Matsu, developing cloud-based applications for the automatic processing and analysis of NASA satellite imagery. Matsu is responsible for tools such as the Namibia Early Warning Flood Dashboard, which uses ground and satellite measurements to monitor and evaluate the risk of flood and subsequent water-borne illness in southern Africa.  Dr. Patterson's is interested in using NASA satellite and other Earth science datasets for epidemiological studies.  She is currently studying possible environmental factors influencing the incidence rates of different diseases across the United States.

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