Speakers: Marylyn D. Ritchie, PhD

Marylyn D. Ritchie, PhD

Faculty Pending, Department of Genetics
Director, Center for Translational Bioinformatics, Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI),
Associate Director for Bioinformatics, Institute for Biomedical Informatics (IBI),
Associate Director, Center for Precision Medicine

University of Pennsylvania


Dr. Marylyn Ritchie, PhD is a new faculty member in the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine.  She is also the Associate Director of Bioinformatics and the Director of a new Center for Translational Bioinformatics at Penn.

Dr. Ritchie is a statistical and computational geneticist with a focus on understanding genetic architecture of complex human disease.  She has expertise in developing novel bioinformatics tools for complex analysis of big data in genetics, genomics, and clinical databases, in particular in the area of Pharmacogenomics.  Dr. Ritchie has received several awards and honors including selection as a Genome Technology Rising Young Investigator in 2006, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 2010, a KAVLI Frontiers of Science fellow by the National Academy of Science from 2011-2014, and she was named one of the most highly cited researchers in her field by Thomas Reuters in 2014.  Dr. Ritchie has extensive experience in all aspects of genetic epidemiology and translational bioinformatics as it relates to human genomics.  She also has extensive expertise in dealing with big data and complex analysis including GWAS, next-generation sequencing, data integration of meta-dimensional omics data, Phenome-wide Association Studies (PheWAS), and development of data visualization approaches.