David Reif joined North Carolina State University in January 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, and 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.
Prior to joining NCSU, Reif was a Principal Investigator (PI) with the U.S. EPA’s National Center for Computational Toxicology, where he led several statistical/bioinformatical efforts at the Agency and collaborated on a variety of projects with NIH, FDA, and academic partners. He has taught courses on analytical programming and scientifically mentored students at the both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has received several awards for his research, teaching, and outreach efforts, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). Reif’s formal education began with a B.S. in Biology (with a minor in Finance) from the College of William and Mary, where he was a Monroe Scholar. He then earned his M.S. in Applied Statistics and Ph.D. in Human Genetics from Vanderbilt University, under the mentorship of Jason H. Moore. After graduation, Reif came to the U.S. EPA to study environmental exposure science as a post- doctoral fellow with Elaine Cohen Hubal.