David Reif joined NC State in 2013 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Bioinformatics. He is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, a resident member of the Bioinformatics Research Center, leads the Bioinformatics Team of the Center for Human Health and the Environment, and is associate faculty in the Department of Statistics. His overarching research goal is to understand the complex interactions between human health and the environment through the integrated analysis of high-dimensional data from diverse sources. To accomplish this goal, he focuses on analytical/visual methods development, experimental design, and software implementation to distill useful information from epidemiological studies of human health, high-throughput screening (HTS) of environmental chemicals and model organism data.
Previously, Reif was a principal investigator with the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Center for Computational Toxicology, where he led several statistical/bioinformatical efforts and collaborated on a variety of projects with the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and academic partners. He has taught courses on analytical programming and scientifically mentored students at the both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
David serves as managing editor for the journal BioData Mining and is an associate editor at Environmental Health Perspectives. His efforts in research, teaching and outreach have been recognized with several awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and selection to expert committees, including those for the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Reif received a bachelor of science in biology, with a minor in finance, from the College of William and Mary, where he was a Monroe Scholar. He earned his master of science in applied statistics and his Ph.D. in human genetics from Vanderbilt University, under the mentorship of Jason H. Moore. Reif joined the EPA to study environmental exposure science as a post- doctoral fellow with Elaine Cohen Hubal.