Itsik Pe'er

Itsik Pe'er


Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science


Department of Computer Science
Department of Systems Biology
Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Center for Cancer Systems Therapeutics


(212) 939-7135

Itsik Pe’er is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science. His laboratory develops and applies computational methods for the analysis of high-throughput data in germline human genetics. Specifically, he has a strong interest in isolated populations such as Pacific Islanders and Ashkenazi Jews. The Pe’er Lab has developed methodology to identify hidden relatives — primarily in such isolated populations — that involves inferring their past demography, detecting associations between phenotypes and genetic segments co-inherited from the joint ancestors of hidden relatives, and establishing the exceptional utility of whole-genome sequencing in population genetics. With the arrival of high-throughput sequencing methods, Pe’er has focused on characterizing genetic variation that is unique to isolated populations, including the effects of such variation on phenotype.

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Columbia Awarded NCI Center for Cancer Systems Biology
The Center for Cancer Systems Therapeutics (CaST) is developing a framework that can account for the dynamic nature of cancer and use this knowledge to disrupt the programs that maintain tumor survival.
Study Sheds Light on Ashkenazi Jewish Genome and Ancestry
Findings from an international consortium led by Itsik Pe'er provide evidence of a population bottleneck in medieval Europe and could enable improvements in personalized medicine for this isolated population.
At the Vanguard of a Revolution in Computational Genetics
Itsik Pe'er uses mathematics and computer analytics to identify the genetic makeup of the founding Ashkenazi Jews.