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Dept. chair Jonathan Haines, PhD was recently named Inaugural Mary Sheldon, MD, Professor of Genomic Sciences. Click here for more details.
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Announces New Chairman
We are pleased to announce the appointment of a remarkably accomplished and passionate scientist to lead an exciting collaboration among our institutions and the Cleveland Clinic. Jonathan Haines, PhD, is the new director of the Institute for Computational Biology, a joint effort that aims to bring the benefits of advanced data analysis to researchers and, ultimately, patients. He has also been named chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Jonathan comes to us from Vanderbilt University, where he launched the Center for Human Genetics with three staff members. Within a decade it included 19 investigators, 30 members and more than 60 staff and students. Created to explore how genetics affect traits and disease, the center advanced research at every level, from molecular to population health. His own research achievements include locating and identifying genes involved in Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis and autism, among other conditions.
Using approaches adopted from genetics, computer science and epidemiology, Dr. Haines will help us develop infrastructures for working with large data sets to transform oceans of information to actionable insights. He will allow us to add form and function to our existing stores of bioinformatic research findings. The results will lift our efforts to serve individual patients and broad communities.
Jonathan earned his doctorate from the University of Minnesota and conducted postdoctoral studies at Indiana University. He spent time on Harvard University’s faculty before joining Vanderbilt. In addition to his roles as director and chair, he also is the Mary W. Sheldon, MD Professor of Genomic Sciences.
Jonathan said his desire to work with our three institutions drew him to Cleveland.
“There’s a tremendous amount of expertise and a strongly collaborative atmosphere already exists here,” he said.
Jonathan looks forward to working with researchers in genetics, biochemistry, physiology, proteomics, imaging as well as those at the cancer center.
“Not only will we recruit new faculty to come in and work with us,” he said, “but I very much want to include existing faculty in everything we do.”
Please join us in welcoming Jonathan to our community.
Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice President, Medical Affairs
Fred C. Rothstein, MD
President, University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106-4945
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