Laura M. Heiser, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
  • Vice Chair, Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
  • OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine
  • Program Co-Leader, Quantitative Oncology, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine


Dr. Heiser's research focuses on genomic and epigenomic changes that cause breast cancer, with the goal of identifying pathways and aberrations associated with therapeutic response and resistance in cancer. In her studies, she uses an integrative systems biology approach to understand cancer as a complex system. Dr. Heiser is also an active member of the DREAM Consortium, which is a community-based effort to rigorously assess and advance algorithms in computational biology.

Education and training

    • B.A., 1998, University of California
    • Ph.D., 2004, University of Pittsburgh



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