Dr. Katherine Hoadley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics, the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Computational Medicine Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD in genetics and molecular biology from UNC. Her research interests include analysis of gene expression data and integrative genomic analyses to better understand cancer. Her group has analyzed gene expression heterogeneity in a variety of cancer types through their participation in The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Her group is also interested in how the tumor and microenvironment impact disparities in breast cancer, and they are involved in several projects analyzing genomic changes and ancestry-related alternative splicing events that occur during breast cancer metastasis.
Dr. Gottardo is a Full Professor of Biomedical Data Science at the University of Lausanne and the founding director of the Biomedical Data Science Center at the University Hospital of Lausanne. Before that, he was a Full Professor in the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division at Fred Hutch, an affiliate Professor of statistics at the University of Washington, and scientific director of the Fred Hutch Translational Data Science Integrated Research Center. Dr. Gottardo’s current research interests center on developing computational and statistical tools for analyzing high-dimensional single-cell and spatial data with applications to immunology, vaccine research, and immunotherapy. He has led a large number of projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Gates Foundation, and the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, to name a few. In 2018 he received the Mortimer Spiegelman Award, which honors a statistician below 40 who has made outstanding contributions to health statistics.