Dr. Nicholas Banovich is an Associate Professor in the Integrated Cancer Genomics Division at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). He received his B.S. in Anthropology from Arizona State University and his PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Chicago. Dr. Banovich joined TGen as a senior postdoctoral researcher before transitioning into a professorial position. The Banovich lab is focused on understanding how genetic variation (somatic or germline) within the non-coding portion of the genome alters gene expression levels and contributes to complex disease. While many non-coding variants have been associated with complex disease, understanding how these variants modulate risk remains elusive. This is particularly true in cancer, where the functional implication of non-coding variation remains vastly understudied. Our lab employs functional genomics, computational biology, population genetics, and molecular biology to understand how regulatory changes affect patient outcomes.