Joshua Burkhart

Joshua Burkhart

Email: burkhajo[at]


Joshua is a National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics Research Fellow and a member of Oregon Health & Science University's Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology. His research areas of interest include evolutionary genetics, systems biology of cancer, intestinal stem cell signalling, microbiome population genetics, de novo genome assembly, regulatory and systems genomics of human immune response, computational pharmacology of biased agonsim, industrial automation and blockchainification. His professional experience includes automotive communications protocol development, industrial software architecture and engineering, mobile device security and enterprise application monitoring system design.

Ph.D., Biomedical Informatics, Oregon Health &Science University, 2020 (expected)
M.Sc., Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon, 2013
B.Sc., Computer Science, Grand Valley State University, 2010

Selected Publications
Bradshaw WE, Burkhart J, Colbourne JK, Borowczak R, Lopez J, Denlinger DL, Reynolds JA, Pfrender ME, Holzapfel CM. Evolutionary transition from blood feeding to obligate nonbiting in a mosquito. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 2017 Dec 18:201717502.
Tormey D, Colbourne JK, Mockaitis K, Choi JH, Lopez J, Burkhart J, Bradshaw W, Holzapfel C. Evolutionary divergence of core and post-translational circadian clock genes in the pitcher-plant mosquito, Wyeomyia smithii. BMC genomics.2015 Oct 6;16(1):754.

Sage Assembly, Sage Bionetworks, 2018
RECOMB/ISCB Conference on Regulatory & Systems Genomics, with DREAM Challenges, 2017
EMBL Cancer Genomics Heidelberg, 2017Jackson Laboratory Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer, 2017
NLM Informatics Training Conference, 2017University of Washington Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics (SISG), 2016

Young Investigator Award, Sage Assembly, Sage Bionetworks, 2018
Scholarship to attend the 26th Annual Short Course on Experimental Models of Human Cancer at The Jackson Laboratory, National Cancer Institute, 2017
Poster presentation winner, OHSU Research Week, Oregon Health & Science University, 2016
Scholarship to attend the 2016 Summer Institutes at University of Washington, University of Washington, 2016

Community Outreach
Joshua is also a member of the Portland Art Museum Docent Council where he assists in developing, planning and leading gallery tours for Portland Public Schools students.

Additional Contact

ORCID: 0000-0001-9279-1556