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Anurag Verma PhD, Instructor, Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
November 9, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Biomedical Research Building (BRB)
Title: Understanding the genetic mechanism of comorbidities using electronic health records linked biobanks
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Two-thirds of adults present with two or more chronic conditions at a given time, which are the primary cause of death globally. Genetics, age, ancestry, and low socioeconomic status highly impact the burden of comorbid conditions in individuals. In the past decade, large-scale biobanks linking the phenomics data encompassed in the electronic health records (EHR) with biospecimens and genomic data from appropriately consented individuals at scale represent a tremendous opportunity in elucidating the underlying genetic and non-genetic factors that influence disease comorbidities. In this presentation, I will describe approaches that have accelerated our understanding of the phenotypic and biological consequences of genetic variations across the human genome and how EHR-linked biobanks have been a major driving force in genomic research.
Dr. Anurag Verma is an Instructor at the Department of Medicine within Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Associate Director of Clinical Informatics and Genomics for Penn Medicine BioBank. Dr. Verma is a computational biologist and biomedical scientist with a research interest in studying the genetic basis of complex diseases using big data techniques. His research focuses on developing and applying statistical approaches to study the genetic architecture of comorbidities. Dr. Verma’s expertise includes approaches to integrate genetic data with electronic health records (EHRs) from large biobanks. Dr. Verma obtained his Ph.D. in Bioinformatics and Genomics in 2018 from Penn State University. Right after his Ph.D. defense, he joined the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 as a Bioinformatics Scientist in the Department of Genetics. He then moved to the Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics Department of Medicine as an Instructor in 2021.