Anthony Gitter

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Morgridge Institute for Research
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I am an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an investigator at the Morgridge Institute for Research.

Previously I was a joint postdoc at Microsoft Research New England and Ernest Fraenkel's lab at MIT working in close collaboration with Riccardo Zecchina of Politecnico di Torino. I obtained my Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012. My advisor was Ziv Bar-Joseph of the Systems Biology Group. In 2010 I interned with David Heckerman's group at Microsoft Research, where I developed techniques for learning causal networks from SNP, gene expression, and disease phenotype data. I received my M.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon and my B.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State University, where I worked with Chitta Baral and Graciela Gonzalez in the BioAI lab.


My research involves designing algorithms that leverage biological networks to connect different types of experimental data and detect surprising relationships among them. I am working to use such techniques to study human disease, in particular cancer and viral infection. In addition, I am interested in the dynamic behaviors of biological networks and develop techniques to reconstruct dynamic models of signaling pathways and transcriptional regulatory networks from high-throughput proteomic and transcriptomic data. My SDREM paper in this area was recently recognized as a top ten paper of 2012-13 in regulatory and systems genomics.


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In the Fall 2010 semester I was a TA for 10-601, Machine Learning.

During the Fall 2008 semester I was a TA for 15-211, Fundamental Data Structures and Algorithms.

Last updated July 2, 2014