Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics (DBHi)
Komal Rathi is a Bioinformatics Scientist II in DBHi responsible for developing reproducible bioinformatics pipelines, data processing and providing analysis of high-throughput sequencing datasets. She also collaborates with investigators both within and outside of CHOP to publish her research findings, which focuses primarily on analyzing Neuroblastoma and other cancers. Komal also creates in-house applications using the web application framework, R shiny, to assist wet-lab scientists create visualizations and perform their own analysis on large-scale cancer datasets such as TCGA and TARGET.
Prior to joining DBHi in April of 2016, Komal provided bioinformatics support in the Leukemia Genomics Group at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and Penn Cardiovascular Institute. At MSKCC, she assisted in the implementation and automatization of state-of-the-art pipelines used to analyze high throughput sequencing data. Her work at Penn included, but was not limited to, identifying novel lncRNAs and correlating them with known transcription factors involved in human lung development and heart failure.
Komal earned an MS in Bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She is committed to advancing cancer research, as it targets one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Her primary goal is to automate data processing, develop bioinformatics methods and build visualization tools in order to improve large-scale genomic analysis and empower pediatric cancer research that can clinically be translated to therapy.