Dr. Jacob Williams joined DCEG as a postdoctoral fellow in the Biostatistics Branch (BB) in July 2023. He earned his Ph.D. in statistics at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg and a B.S. in statistics at Montana State University, Bozeman. In his dissertation, Dr. Williams presented three different methods for Bayesian ultra-high dimensional variable selection for linear mixed models with applications to genome-wide association studies (GWAS).
In DCEG, Dr. Williams’s research goal is to improve the accuracy of polygenic risk scores (PRSs) by creating a method to combine PRSs from rare genomic variants with those from common genomic variants. His mentor is Haoyu Zhang, Ph.D., Stadtman investigator.