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Christopher A. Maher, PhD

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

Research Interests

  • Computational biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Genomics
  • Cancer

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Education
2002 BS in Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2004 MS in Biomedical Engineering, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory & Stony Brook University, NY
2006 PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory & Stony Brook University, NY
Post-graduate Training
2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
2007-2009 Research Fellow, Michigan Center for Translational Pathology and Department of Pathology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Academic Positions & Employment
2004 Visiting Scientist, South African National Bioinformatics Institute, University of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
2009-2011 Research Investigator, Michigan Center for Translational Pathology (MCTP), Department of Pathology, and Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics (CCMB), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2011-present Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Oncology, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2011-present Assistant Director, The McDonnell Genome Institute (MGI) at Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2012-present Research Member, Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University, St. Louis, MO
2014-present Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
University & Hospital Appointments & Committees
2011-present Siteman Cancer Center, Genitourinary Oncology Focus Group Co-leader
2012-present Siteman Cancer Center, Breast Cancer Research Program Leadership Team
2014-present American Cancer Society IRG Reviewer
2014-present Siteman Cancer Center, Solid Tumor Therapeutics Program Steering Committee
2017 Siteman Investment Program Cycle I Ad-hoc Reviewer
National Committees
2009 AACR 100th Annual Meeting, WICR Careen Mentoring Forum Facilitator
2010 Experimental Biology, Session chair, Bioinformatics and Next Generation Sequencing
2010 AACR 101st Annual Meeting, Cellular and Molecular Biology (CB) Subcommittee focusing on Bioinformatics and Computational Molecular Biology
2010-present Prostate Cancer Foundation Grant Reviewer
2011 Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO), Ohio University
2011 Cancer UK, Biomarkers and Imaging Discovery (BIDD) Development Committee, Genomics Initiative, London, UK
2011 Prostate Cancer UK Reviewer
2011-2012 DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) CBY-MBG Panel Review
2012-present LUNGevity Scientific Advisory Board (ex-officio member)
2012-present RTOG Translation Oncology Scientific Review Committee
2012 Workshop on Data Mining of Next Generation Sequencing (WDNS)
2013 Prostate Cancer UK Reviewer
2013 Longer Life Foundation Reviewer
2013 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting Methods Workshop Organizer
2014-present GBC Genomic and Informed Consent Working Group
2015-present Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) Stupski Prize in Precision Oncology Committee
2015 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award
2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Molecular and Cellular Biology - Genetic Mechanisms (NSF 13-510)
2015 Department of Defense (DOD) Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Health Disparities (HDA) Study Section
2016 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting Education Committee
2016 Medical Research Council Grant Reviewer
2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Cancer Genetics Study Section (ad hoc reviewer)
Honors & Awards
1998-2002 Cornell Presidential Research Scholar
1998-2002 New York State Academic Scholarship
2001-2002 Howard Hughes Medical Institute BioQuest Digital Scholar
2002 Dean's List
2004 NSF Plant Genome Program, Biological Sciences travel stipend
2005 Best Talk 2nd Annual Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Research Symposium
2007 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award
2008-2009 American Association for Cancer Research and Amgen Fellowship in Clinical/Translational Research (1 awarded)
2008-2010 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Centennial Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Cancer Research (declined)
2008-2010 American Cancer Society / Canary Foundation Early Detection Postdoctoral Fellowship (1 of 5 awarded)
2009 American Association for Cancer Research Aflac, Incorporated Scholar-in-Training Award
2009-2010 UMCCC Prostate SPORE Pilot Project Awardee
2010 Genome Technology "Tomorrow's PIs"
2010-2013 Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award
2010-2015 NIH Pathway to Independence Award
2010 Prostate SPORE Meeting, Best Poster Competition, 2nd Place
2012 American Lung Association Biomedical Research Grant Awardee
2012-2015 LUNGevity Foundation Career Development Awardee
2012 Melissa Lumberg Zagon Founders' Award
2012 Prostate Cancer Foundation Scholar in Residence
2013-2014 Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator Award
2013-2014 V Foundation V Scholar Award
2014-2017 Susan G. Komen, Career Catalyst Award
2015-2017 Prostate Cancer Foundation Global Treatment Science Challenge Awardee
2016-2017 WUSTL Pancreatic SPORE Development Research Project Award
2016-2018 Prostate Cancer Foundation / Movember Foundation Challenge Award
2017 Jon Shevell Young Scientist Travel Scholarship
2017-2021 American Cancer Society, Research Scholar Grant
Editorial Boards
2014-present Molecular Cancer Research
2014-present Medical Oncology
2016-present Genes, Chromosomes, and Cancer
Professional Societies & Organizations
2002-2004 American Society of Plant Biologists
2002, 2004,
2012-present
International Society for Computational Biology
2008-present American Association for Cancer Research
2009-2010 American Society for Investigative Pathology
2009-2010 Society of Genome Biology and Technology
2010-present American Association of the Advancement of Science
2016-present Academy of Science St. Louis