Joanne Berghout, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor, Medicine

Joanne Berghout, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the research group of Dr. Yves Lussier.

Dr. Berghout received her PhD in Biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal, QC where she researched the genetics of complex traits and susceptibility to infectious disease in humans and mouse models.  Following that, she spent three years as the Outreach Coordinator for the Mouse Genome Informatics (MGI) database in Bar Harbor, ME. There, she trained researchers in genetics, genomics, data structures and data mining to answer biological questions, and worked closely with other members of the MGI group to develop and optimize the MGI resource. Dr. Berghout’s research interests include genetics of all kinds, personalized medicine, big data, and scientific communication.

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Li, Q., G. A Schissler, V. Gardeux, J. Berghout, I. Achour, C. Kenost, H. Li, H. Helen Zhang, and Y. A. Lussier, "kMEn: Analyzing noisy and bidirectional transcriptional pathway responses in single subjects.", J Biomed Inform, vol. 66, pp. 32-41, 2017 Feb. PMCID: PMC5316373  PMID: 28007582


Li, H., I. Achour, L. Bastarache, J. Berghout, V. Gardeux, J. Li, Y. Lee, L. Pesce, X. Yang, K. S. Ramos, et al., "Integrative genomics analyses unveil downstream biological effectors of disease-specific polymorphisms buried in intergenic regions.", NPJ Genom Med, vol. 1, 2016. PMCID: PMC4966659  PMID: 27482468