Bogdan Pasaniuc, Ph.D.
“I started my career creating new algorithms for codes and cryptography and developed a passion for solving the genetic code of disease—which genes cause what diseases—when I experienced the impacts of a common genetic disease in my family.”
Dr. Bogdan Pasaniuc develops and applies statistical and computational methods that integrate vast amounts of genomic data across millions of individuals to identify how genes cause disease, and how to leverage the genetic code of disease to improve treatment decisions in personalized medicine. Dr. Pasaniuc focuses on approaches that integrate different types of genomic data (from inherited genetic variation to the 3D-structure of the human genome to disease risk) to identify causal genes for common diseases. A main focus of interest is in mapping genes for prostate, breast, and ovarian cancers, and in mapping the shared and distinct genetic code of brain-related traits, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Dr. Pasaniuc earned a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and completed postdoctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley; the Harvard School of Public Health; and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
He holds a joint appointment in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Human Genetics and serves as the Associate Director of the UCLA Bioinformatics Interdepartmental PhD Program