The Department, together with the Morgridge Institute for Research (MIR), is very pleased to welcome Anthony Gitter, PhD, as a new Assistant Professor at UW and Investigator at MIR. Anthony completed his PhD in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University and a post-doctoral fellowship at Microsoft Research and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His research interests are centered in computational biology, and include probabilistic graphical models, host response to viral infection, and cancer genomics, among others. He will be joining Prof. Paul Ahlquist's virology research group at MIR.
In a current project, large-scale cancer genomics studies have revealed the diversity of mutations across tumors, and shown that many mutations are unique to a single tumor. Anthony develops network algorithms to discover how heterogeneous mutations may disrupt the same signaling pathways to produce similar effects on cellular state.