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Faculty & Staff Honors

Colorado Bestows First Research Excellence Award for Use of Omics to Uncover Hidden Relationship between Genetics and Disease

Colorado Public School of Public Health associate professor of biostatistics and informatics Dr. Katerina Kechris,​ is leading the charge in helping to understand the behavior of cells, tissues, organs, and organisms at the molecular level. Her work is focused on the relationship between disease and the human genome, where the proof is often hidden in omics data.

As evidence of all her accomplishments and contributions, she was nominated for and accepted the very first Colorado School of Public Health Excellence in Faculty Research Award. To quote one of her nominations, “Her work is revolutionizing the study of gene-disease research, and represents the future of medical research.”

[Photo: Dr. Katerina Kechris]

Dr. Kechris has published more than 60 peer-reviewed papers including new statistical and bioinformatics methods and applications to numerous disease areas, with a large focus on alcohol use disorders, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in smokers, and childhood obesity and diabetes. Her goal is to help doctors provide better diagnoses and treatments of diseases. Her research uses omics data to study the role that genetics have on diseases.

“Omics data contains thousands of features, many that are not relevant to the disease or biological system of interest,” Dr. Kechris said. “But within omics data, there are also signals within the noise that help us form hypotheses for more detailed studies that will help gain a greater perspective of disease.”

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