Ph.D. Candidate / University of California Los Angeles



Github: ChristaCaggiano

Google Scholar: Christa Caggiano

Statement of Purpose:

The focus of my research is the development of novel statistical and algorithmic tools to aid in the diagnosis and prognosis of human disease. These tools are designed for large, high-dimensional clinical datasets. I am training for a research career, where my goal is to use computational techniques to create empathetic health solutions that serve diverse populations.


UCLA / 2017 - present (expected Winter 2023) / Los Angeles, California

Ph.D. Candidate, Bioinformatics

Brandeis University / 2014 - 2017 / Waltham, Massachusetts

B.S., Biological Physics with honors / B.A., Art History

Minor, Computer Science


Graduate Research Assistant / UCLA

2017 - present / Los Angeles, California


Bioinformatics Intern / Asuragen

Summer 2017 / Austin, Texas

Research Assistant / Rosbash Laboratory, Brandeis University

2014-2017 / Waltham, Massachusetts

Student Scholar / Women’s Studies Research Center

2014-2017 / Waltham, Massachusetts

Research Assistant / Laboratory for Laser Energetics

2012-2014 / Rochester, New York


NIH NINDS F31 / April 2021 - March 2023  “A Comprehensive Protocol for Tissue of Origin Prediction in Circulating Cell-Free DNA”

Honors and Awards:

October 2019 / ProbGen

Trainee Travel Award

Fall 2019 / UCLA

Neurogenetics T32 Awardee


May 2017 / Brandeis University

Sandra Fisher Prize for Exceptional Achievement in the Creative Arts

Summer 2016 / Brandeis University

Provost Undergraduate Research Grant




Oral presentations:

Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB)

June 2020 / Padova, Italy (online due to Covid-19)

American Society of Human Genetics

October 2019 / Houston, Texas  

Probabilistic Modeling in Genomics (ProbGen)

October 2019 / Aussois, France  

Northern California Computational Biology Symposium  

October 2018 / San Francisco, California

Poster Presentations:

European Society for Human Genetics (ESHG)

June 2022/ Vienna, Austria

Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE)

July 2021/ online due to Covid-19

Women in Computational Biology

November 2019/ Washington, D.C.

Probabilistic Modeling In Genomics (ProbGen)

November 2018 / Cold Spring Harbor, New York

OMEGA Laser User’s Group

April 2013 / Rochester, New York  

Teaching Experience:

2020-present / Horizons Labs

Bioinformatics mentor to underrepresented high school students

2017 / Department of Computer Science, Brandeis University

Teaching Assistant in Introduction to Python

2016-2017 / Department of Physics, Brandeis University

Provost Teaching Assistant, Physics I/II