Erik Corona

E-mail:
erikcorona@gmail.com

Education

 

Stanford University, 2012

University of California San Diego, 2007

 

Professional Experience

 

Global Computer Enterprises / Serendipity July 2012-Present

Director of Data Science Research

 

Conquest Analytics, March 2013-Present
Founder


Researcher Jan 2013-Present


Independent Consultant Fall 2010

 

Technical Skills

 

Selected Honors and Awards

 

Teaching Experience

 

Publications

 

Additional Projects

 

Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (2012)

 

Geneworld (2012-Present)

·         Created a website to enable the exploration of the genetic risk of complex disease across worldwide populations (geneworld.stanford.edu)

·         Use google maps technology to showcase migration events across the globe and how genetic risk has been affected in correlation with such migrations

·         Created an interactive worldwide phylogeny tree visualization to complement the google maps view and to emphasize genetic distance/similarity between populations as opposed to geographic distance

 

Selected Popular and Scientific Press

·         San Francisco Gate, May 2013, .Diabetes studies reveal genetic variations., link

·         Turtle Island, April 2012, .Genetic Diabetes Risk Greater for Africans than Asians., link

·         Science, November 2011, .Diabetes Genes Decline Out of Africa., link

·         Slashdot, November 2011, .Google Maps, Disease Risk, and Migration., link

·         io9, August 2010, .Is evolution pushing our DNA towards diabetes?. link

 

Conferences / Additional Professional Experience

 

Interests

·         Machine learning, probabilistic models, creative visualizations of complex data, and population genetics

·         Creating, manipulating, and using large publicly available data sets to address complex questions

·         Fluent in Spanish (Native Speaker)

 

Research Focus

 

The purpose of my work is to develop robust computational models for addressing questions that can now be addressed in large part due to the advances made in sequencing technology and the availability of large biological datasets.

 

While earning my doctorate, I identified a novel disease causing variant for Charcot-Marie-Tooth type 4C using exome data. In my thesis work, I developed novel methodology that integrates genetic data across 51 worldwide human populations, variants associated with complex disease, and human migration events. This resulted in unexpected detection of genetic risk differentiation that correlates with migration events. Finally, I have detected strong signatures of recent positive selection in autoimmune diseases, including Type 1 Diabetes. Future publications will leverage large amounts of genetic data across diverse populations to increase our understanding of how infectious diseases have affected the human genome.