RNA Faculty Spotlight – Alan Boyle, Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, and Human Genetics

Alan Boyle
Assistant Professor
Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
Human Genetics

Twitter: @AP_Boyle
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What are your research interests?
My research group uses computational and wet lab techniques to study how genes are controlled in human cells. We have a large focus on how human variation can change this control and how this can lead to increased risk for disease.

Who/what brought you to science?
I have always been fascinated by the complex control of the cells in our bodies and how that control was encoded in our DNA. I have also loved working with computers since a young age. Combining both of these interests got me hooked.

What advice would you give to students who would like to get more involved in research?
Take opportunities to do research as early as you can and don’t be afraid to reach out to labs that are doing work that looks interesting to you.

Are there any opportunities for students to engage in your projects, currently or in the future? 
Absolutely. We are always looking for motivated individuals to join our group.

What other profession would you enjoy, or what is your favorite hobby? 

While I love my job, I was always interested in finance and might have worked for a trading firm.

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