Trained as a geneticist in the field of developmental biology, I have a broad background in both experimental and computational biology. I rely on a systems-biology approach to the analysis and synthesis of next-generation sequencing data. My most recent contributions are highlighted by efforts to annotate the functional consequences of genetic associations from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for prostate cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and ovarian cancers. I integrated GWAS and next-generation sequencing data from collaborators with public datasets including 1,000 genomes and the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) to identify damaging mutations outside of transcribed sequences (noncoding or "junk" DNA). I recently began independent research as a principal investigator at Cedars-Sinai, using these novel approaches.