Lab Members

Benjamin Berman, PhD

Principal Investigator
Simon Coetzee
Research Bioinformatician II

Simon Coetzee began his career doing bioinformatics analysis of GWAS data as part of the U19 GAME-ON consortium at the University of Southern California. Since then, he has focused on the functional consequences of nonprotein coding risk regions within the context of many complex diseases. To this end, he was part of a team that developed a software program called FunciSNP, which is an R/Bioconductor tool integrating functional noncoding datasets with genetic association studies to identify candidate regulatory SNPs (Coetzee et al., 2012). Coetzee has worked on analyzing and interpreting large genomic datasets, including next-generation sequencing from internal collaborations and downloaded from public datasets such as 1000 Genomes, The Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE), NIH Epigenomics Roadmap and The Cancer Genome Atlas. At Cedars-Sinai, Coetzee works with Benjamin Berman, PhD, and Dennis Hazelett, PhD, to develop automation tools for analysis and functional annotation of genetic variants from large genome and epigenome sequencing projects. He is also continuing his development of novel algorithms for the analysis of gene regulatory sequences.

Nicole Yeager
Graduate Student

Nicole Yeager graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, earning her bachelor's degree in biological sciences and psychology. She worked at Cedars-Sinai in the Regenerative Medicine Institute where her research focused on the use of stem cells to gain insights into the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease. She is currently a graduate student working under Benjamin Berman, PhD, using next-generation sequencing methods to investigate epigenomic and genomic changes that can lead to dysregulation of cancer pathways.

Contact the Berman Lab

8723 Alden Dr.
Steven Spielberg Building, Room 119
Los Angeles, CA 90048