Christa Caggiano, Computational Geneticist

Hi! I am a graduate student at UCLA where I study bioinformatics in the lab of Noah Zaitlen. Before coming to UCLA, I started my PhD at UCSF. I did my undergrad degree at Brandeis University, where I majored in biological physics and art history. There, I worked in the Rosbash Lab, studying the transcriptional accessibility of circadian genes.

My scientific interests now fall broadly in neurogenetics and applying advanced statistical techniques to big biological datasets. Currently, I’m working on developing statistical learning methods to find biomarkers for ALS. Our publication on this work can be found here. I am keenly interested in health justice and equitable application of biomedical discoveries to all people.

Besides science, I like art and design. My favorite museums include the Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, the RISD Museum in Providence, the Brooklyn Museum in NYC, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.