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JooEun “Jay” Kang

Douglas Ruderfer Lab, G4

Graduate Program: Human Genetics

Hometown: Paris/Seoul/Cairo (among others)

Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University

Research Interests: I am a molecular biologist turned computational biologist, looking to find new discoveries in the molecular mechanisms involved in psychiatric diseases using genetic and electronic health record tools.
My thesis project is on exploring the genetic architecture of suicide attempt, and how it interacts with many psychiatric phenotypes including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and eating disorders. Ultimately, I would like to develop a suicide risk prediction tool that combines clinical risk models and genetic risk scores.

MSTP Leadership: Past Avery-Cohen College Advisory Board Leader, Leadership Workshop II Committee, Anti-racism, Diversity and Inclusion Council

Hobbies and Interests: Hiking, kayaking, fitness in general (HIIT, yoga), wide variety of visual art (cartoon, calligraphy, digital art, painting), podcasts(recommend No Such Thing As A Fish, and More or Less: Behind the Statistics)