Heather E. Wheeler
Dr. Wheeler leads a computational biology lab at Loyola whose broad goal is to better understand how genetic variation leads to phenotypic variation of complex traits including disease susceptibility and drug response. She develops systems approaches to complex trait prediction by building computational models that leverage and integrate similarity in genetic (DNA), transcriptomic (RNA) and/or other omics-level data (i.e. proteome, methylome, etc.).
Before joining Loyola in 2015, she was a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Chicago performing research in cancer pharmacogenomics and statistical genetics. She received her PhD in genetics from Stanford University studying the genetics of human gene expression and aging. Prior to that, she obtained a BA in biology from Hamline University where she completed an honors thesis in forensic DNA analysis.