Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D.

  • Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Associate Director, Computational Biomedicine, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine
  • Division Head, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine
  • Director, Translational Bioinformatics Program, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute
  • Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program, School of Medicine


I am a statistical geneticist working at the intersection of computer science, biostatistics and genetics to develop approaches to solve research bottlenecks and novel ways to visualize and interpret information. In my work, my strengths have been in being able to “think outside the box” and my ability to rapidly synthesize information from diverse fields which has allowed me to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology and target key areas early. My work on novel computational methods and frameworks for prioritization is one of my most significant contributions to science. While these methods were initially applied to precision medicine (cancer), they have wide applicability for target identification and therapeutic prioritization for many complex traits. In 2010, I was selected as a Kavli Frontiers Fellow by the US National Academy of Sciences for my contributions.

Education and training

    • Ph.D., 2000, University of California

Honors and awards

  • 2018 Medical Research Foundation of Oregon Mentor Award



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