Jacob Edelson, M.S., joined the Trans-Divisional Research Program of the NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics as a postbaccalaureate fellow in September, 2021. He earned his Master of Science in biomedical informatics from Stanford University's School of Medicine, in California, in June 2021. At Stanford University, his research focused on statistical inference and software development for high-throughput sequencing studies of complex diseases in diverse populations.
During his first year at the NCI, Mr. Edelson worked with Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Ph.D. and others on studies related to brain tumors, including survival analysis, prediction of environmental exposure, and uncovering biological pathways using exome sequencing and RNAseq data. Currently at the NCI, he is mentored by Jonas S. Almeida, Ph.D., Director of Data Science, TDRP, and Mitchell Machiela, Sc.D., M.P.H., Earl Stadtman investigator in the Integrative Tumor Epidemiology Branch, to develop accessible and privacy-preserving polygenic risk scores for cancer, as well as to determine genetic biomarkers that vary by ancestry in the genetically diverse participants of the CONNECT study.