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Obi L. Griffith, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Oncology Division
Stem Cell Biology
Department of Genetics
McDonnell Genome Institute

Research Interests

  • Cancer informatics
  • Clinical statistics
  • Breast cancer



1996-2002 BSc in Biology (Honours) and Biochemistry, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
2003-2004 Molecular Biology Graduate Exchange, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
2003-2008 PhD in Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Academic Positions & Employment
2002-2003 Computational Biologist/Sequence Finisher (Steven Jones; Marco Marra), BC Cancer Agency, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2008-2010 Post-Doctoral Fellow - Medical Genetics (Steven Jones), BC Cancer Agency, Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2010-2012 Post-Doctoral Fellow - Cancer & DNA Damage (Joe Gray; Paul Spellman), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
2011-2012 Visiting Scientist - Molecular and Medical Genetics, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
2012-2014 Research Assistant Professor - Medicine; Genome Fellow - The Genome Institute, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2014-present Assistant Professor - Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2014-present Assistant Director - The Genome Institute, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
Honors & Awards
2003-2005 NSERC PGS-A Award
2003-2005 MSFHR Junior Trainee Award
2003 UBC Graduate Entrance Scholarship
2003-2006 UBC PhD Tuition Fee Award (4 years)
2004 Albert B. and Mary Steiner Summer Research Award
2004 CIHR National Poster Competition Award (Silver)
2004 John Bosdet Memorial Fund Travel Scholarship
2005-2008 CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award
2006 MSFHR Senior Trainee Award
2007 Lloyd Skarsgard Research Excellence Prize
2010-2012 CIHR Fellowship
2014-2017 NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22)
2015 National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow
2015 University of Winnipeg Annual Alumnus Speaker Award
2015 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant
2015-2017 Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator Award
Professional Societies & Organizations
2004-2007 Let's Talk Science Partnership Program member, University of British Columbia
2006 Program Committee Member, The RegCreative Conference, Ghent, Belgium
2008 Sponsorship and Registration Coordinator, Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada
2008-2010 Founding Member, Open Regulatory Annotation Consortium
2010-2011 Program Committee Member, NIH ICBP Junior Investigator Meeting
2010-2011 Program Committee Member, GTC Next Gen Sequencing Conference
2010-present Active Member, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
2012-present Editor, Biostar Consulting LLC
2013-present Transcription Factor Target Gene Consortium
2013-present Member, Illumina Sequencing Experts Panel
2013-present Member, Network of Biothings
2013-present Co-organizer, Cancer Informatics Journal Club
2014-present Professional member, International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB)