Elizabeth Worthey, PhD has joined the UAB Department of Pediatrics as the director for the Center for Genomic Data Sciences. Additionally, she will serve in the Department of Pathology as the director of the Bioinformatics Section in the Division of Genomics Diagnostics and Bioinformatics. She is also the new associate director for the Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute.
Her research interests include the development and application of computational science methods in order to understand the impact of causal molecular variation in individuals with rare, unusual, or undiagnosed disease. Her group also focuses on the study of variation that alters an individual's response to therapeutics or modifies clinical presentation.
"My goal at UAB is to help obtain definitive diagnoses for all of these patients and then to go beyond the diagnosis to extract clinically useful information that helps those taking care of these patients to make molecularly informed decisions where possible," Worthey said.
Worthey received her PhD at the Imperial College London in London, U.K., and completed her postdoctoral training at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute and the University of Washington in Seattle.