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Women Who Code-HSV Event:
'An Introduction to Machine Learning and Genomics'. Dr. Lasseigne will introduce the R programming language and the foundational concepts of machine learning with real-world examples including applications in the field of genomics with an emphasis on complex human disease research.
Brittany Lasseigne, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Richard Myers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and a 2016-2017 Prevent Cancer Foundation Fellow. Dr. Lasseigne received a BS in biological engineering from the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University and a PhD in biotechnology science and engineering from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. As a graduate student, she studied the role of epigenetics and copy number variation in cancer, identifying novel diagnostic biomarkers and prognostic signatures associated with kidney cancer. In her current position, Dr. Lasseigne’s research focus is the application of genetics and genomics to complex human diseases. Her recent work includes the identification of gene variants linked to ALS, characterization of gene expression patterns in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and development of non-invasive biomarker assays. Dr. Lasseigne is currently focused on integrating genomic data across cancers with functional annotations and patient information to explore novel mechanisms in cancer etiology and progression, identify therapeutic targets, and understand genomic changes associated with patient survival. Based upon those analyses, she is creating tools to share with the scientific community.