Philip Awadalla

Affiliation : Université de Montréal
Organization : CHU Sainte-Justine
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About Philip Awadalla

Philip Awadalla is a Professor at the Université de Montréal, the Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Centre, Department of Pediatrics and a Senior Investigator at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He obtained his doctorate in population and statistical genetics from the University of Edinburgh and was awarded NSERC and Killam Postdoctoral fellowships to attend the University of British Columbia and was then awarded a Wellcome Trust Fellowship (UK) to pursue his research at the University of California Davis before moving to the Université de Montréal. 

His research utilizes population and integrative genomics approaches to capturing genetic and environmental factors associated with a number of hematological, oncological, and infectious diseases. From 2009 to 2015, he was lead Principal Investigator and Scientific Director of the CARTaGENE program. He is now Scientific Advisor. CARTaGENE is the Québec health survey and an open source program that has recruited and deeply phenotyped 40,000 participants to facilitate research in the development of chronic and aging related diseases. CARTaGENE is part of a national program that has recruited over 300,000 participans across Canada. Pr. Awadalla is a teaching faculty at international institutions including the NIH-funded University of Washington Institute of Statistical Genetics and sits on the advisory board of a number of international companies and Genome platforms. His team is currently part of the analytical and functional analysis groups of the 1000 Genomes Program. Ongoing projects include and have also been developing computational tools and next-generation programs to study the role of genetic variants responsible for neurological, hematological and cancers, particularly in children; determining rates of mutations and recombination in humans; model-based approaches to identify genetic and environmental control points to malaria infection and sickle cell disease in Africa; genetic and environmental factors associated with cardiovascular traits in Canada. Pr. Awadalla is the recipient of a Sigma Xi faculty award and the 2012 Canadian Society for Clinical Investigation’s Joe Doupe Young Investigator Award and is a recent recipient of a PI award from the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research. He is the Lead PI of a new Genome Canada Innovation Centre, the Canadian Data Integration Centre.

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