Abecasis Lab

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Mission Statement

We are developing and applying computational and statistical tools to further understanding of complex human diseases, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.


Goncalo Abecasis is currently the Felix Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Current Members

Research Fellows

Kuser.png Christian Fuchsberger

PicJingjing.jpg Jingjing Yang

Graduate Students

Brieger Katharine 1.jpg Katharine Brieger

SaiChen.jpg Sai Chen

HeadOfAlanKwong.jpg Alan Kwong

Kuser.png Sebanti Sengupta

Gregory3.jpg Greg Zajac

Kuser.png Fan Zhang

Wanlin.jpg Wanlin Zheng

Kuser.png Wei Zhou

Xutong.jpg Xutong Zhao


Irene headshot.jpg Irene Felicetti : Administrative Assistant Sr.

TomBlackwell crop.jpg Tom Blackwell  : Research Area Specialist Sr.

Sean head.jpg Sean Caron : UNIX Systems Administrator

Headshot-chris-clark-2 (3).jpg Chris Clark : Applications Programmer/Analyst Sr.

Kuser.png Jonathon LeFaive  : Applications Programmer/Analyst Sr.

Kevin Web-Profile.jpg Kevin Li  : Web Applications Developer

Kuser.png Ellen Schmidt  : Research Area Specialist Lead

Kuser.png Peter VandeHaar  : Applications Programmer/Analyst Sr.

MK head.jpg Mary Kate Wing : Applications Programmer working on GotCloud Pipelines, C++ library & tools (libStatGen, bamUtils)


Former Research Faculty

Former Research Fellows

Former Doctoral Students

  • Shuang Feng (graduated 2015), now Research Scientist at Big Data Lab at Hitachi America Ltd.
  • Youna Hu (graduated 2012), now a Data Sciences Engineer at A9, a subsidiary of Amazon.com
  • Jin Zhen (graduated 2009), now working in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

Former Masters Students

  • Su Chu
  • Nate Cohen
  • Melinda Curran
  • Vesela Gateva
  • Xijing Han
  • Dan Hovelson
  • Elizabeth Jewell
  • Michelle Kleckner
  • Ben Lerch
  • Yanming Li
  • Heather Munro
  • Nick Seewald
  • Theresa Scott (nee Daigneault)
  • Matthew Snyder
  • Vivian Wang
  • Yuan Wei
  • Abigail Woodroffe
  • Zaojun Ye
  • Matthew Zawitowski
  • Anita Yu Zhao
  • Tingting Zhou

Former Staff

  • Paul Anderson
  • Laura Baker
  • Johanna Forster
  • Jan Wigginton


  • Qing Lu
  • Andrea Maschio
  • Giorgio Pistis
  • Eleanora Porcu
  • Toshiko Tanakato

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