Welcome to the Waldron lab for public health bioinformatics at the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, New York, NY.
Genomic technologies have rapidly expanded the catalogue of known cancer-associated genes and cellular networks; however, the public health impact of these advances has been modest. The early state of statistical and bioinformatic methodology for analyzing high-throughput genomic data, and the high cost of developing and providing some targeted therapies, have contributed to this lag. However genomic technologies also provide opportunities to develop affordable improvements to current diagnostic and pathological tests, to provide patients with better information on the probable progression of their disease, to spare patients from unnecessary and toxic therapy, and to inform public disease-prevention strategies. I am interested in using genomics in pursuit of equitable improvements to public health, through identifying prevalent disease subtypes and biomarkers, and identifying links between disease biology, clinical outcome, and environment.