Nathan Lazar



Nathan is a PhD student and NLM fellow in the division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Before becoming fascinated with the complexities of biological systems, he earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Portland State University with a focus on graph theory. 

His current interests include systems biology, network inference and modeling, epigenetics, transposable elements and RNA sequencing analysis. Advisors: Dr. Kemal Sönmez, Dr. Luica Carbone


Oregon Health and Science University Portland, Oregon
Degree (in progress): PhD in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology GPA: 3.96
Sept 2011 - present
Coursework: Python and R programming, databases, statistics, bioregulation, systems biology, computational biology, cell and cancer biology  

Portland State University Portland, Oregon
Degree: Masters of Sciences in Mathematics
GPA: 4.0 (overall)
Sept 2005 - June 2007
Coursework: Analysis, topology, algebra, graph theory and computer science. My Master’s thesis “Destroying Automorphisms in Trees” is about fixing vertices in acyclic graphs to eliminate symmetries.  

Ohio University Athens, Ohio
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the Honors Tutorial College
GPA: 4.0 (major) 3.93 (overall)
Sept 1998 - June 2002


Chromosomal Breakpoints in Gibbon Apes Display Distinctive Pattern of DNA Methylation Lazar, Nathan H; Wilhelm, Larry; Terhune, Elizabeth; Meyer, Thomas J.; Whelan, Christopher; Sonmez, Kemal; Carbone, Lucia [in progress] 


National Library of Medicine Fellow, OHSU Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Portland, OR, 2012-present.
Graduate Laurels scholarship, Portland State University 2005 - 2007
Syd Cater Scholarship, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics + Statistics: Portland State University 2006
Full Academic Undergraduate Scholarship, Ohio University 1998-2002
Outstanding Graduate award, Ohio University 2002 


“Gibbon Breakpoints Display Distinctive Epigenetic States of Genes and Alu Elements” – NLM fellows meeting, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; June 2013 [poster]
“Gibbon Chromosomal Breakpoints Display Distinctive Epigenetic States” – OHSU Research Week; May 2013 [talk]
“Gibbon Breakpoints Display Distinctive Epigenetic States of Genes and Alu Elements” - Biology of Genomes conference, Cold Spring Harbor, NY; May 2013 [poster]
“Gibbon Chromosomal Breakpoints Display Distinctive Epigenetic States” – Oregon National Primate Research Center neuroscience division meeting; March 2013 [talk]