Github: ChristaCaggiano

Google Scholar: Christa Caggiano

Current Position:

Postdoctoral Fellow / Institute of Genomic Health

2023 - present /Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York

Advisor: Eimear Kenny  


University of California Los Angeles / 2017 - 2023 / Los Angeles, California

Ph.D., Bioinformatics

Brandeis University / 2013 - 2017 / Waltham, Massachusetts

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

Minor, Computer Science


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

Honors and Awards:

October 2022 / ASHG

Epstein Pre-Doctoral Semi-Finalist

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

Research Experience:

Graduate Research Assistant / UCLA

2017 - 2023 / 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



Invited Presentations:

American Statistical Society STATGEN 2024

May 2024 / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  

Regeneron DRIFT Symposium

October 2022 / Los Angeles, California  


Conference Presentations:

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

October 2022 / Los Angeles, California

Research in Computational Molecular Biology (RECOMB)

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

American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG)

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