Plenary Speaker :
Lisa Bastarache, MS

Manager, Application Development/Lead Data Scientist, Biomedical Informatics
Center for Precision Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Lisa Bastarache, MS is a scientist in the Center for Precision Medicine and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. After earning a BS in mathematics and a master’s degree studying linguistic anthropology at the University of Chicago, she began working as a natural language processing programmer at Vanderbilt. She has over a decade of experience developing methods and algorithms to exact phenotypes from the electronic health record (EHR), with particular focus on designing phenotypes for use in genetic association studies. Currently, she is developing methods to identify Mendelian disease patterns in the EHR to help interpret rare genetic variants of uncertain significance and characterize the problem of mis- or under-diagnosis in clinical populations.


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