Jason Flannick is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Genetics and Genomics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an associate member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. His lab develops computational approaches to use human genetic and broader genomic data to understand or better treat human diseases, with a current focus on diabetes.
Flannick plays a leadership role in several national and international genetics and bioinformatics consortia, including the Accelerating Medicines Partnership for Type 2 Diabetes, a public/private partnership that funds his group to develop a public knowledge portal to make human genetic data broadly accessible to the global research community. Flannick’s research has spanned pure computer science, comparative genomics, and finally human genetics, with a current focus on using computational and statistical methods to impact human health.
Flannick received his B.A. in computer science, mathematics, and physics from Cornell University. He later earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University, writing his thesis on approaches to compare protein interaction networks across different species. He spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow in statistical and computational genetics in David Altshuler’s laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute.