Patrick Flaherty

I am an assistant professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


I’m interested in using large-scale genomic data to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other genetic diseases.

Our lab designs computationally efficient statistical tools to interpret and integrate large-scale data sets generated by sequencing, microarray and other high-throughput experimental platforms. We aim to use very large genomics data sets to understand and quantify the contribution of genetic factors to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other genetic diseases.

Current students and postdocs

He Photo Yuting He 何玉婷, Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering (Jan 2013 - present).
Yuting completed her B.S. degree in Measurement and Control Technology and Instrument from Tianjin University, China in 2012. She is interested in biosignal processing, instrumentation and bioinformatics. Her current work focuses on the integrating biomedical signals and genomics.
Zhang Photo Fan Zhang 张 帆, Graduate Student, Biomedical Engineering (Aug 2013 - present).
Fan Zhang graduated with a master degree majored in Bioinformatics from Jilin University, China in 2012. Then she worked as Research Assistant focused on bio-signal processing in Chinese Academy of Sciences. She is interested in next generation sequencing data analysis, and biomarkers based on microarray data. Her current work is concentrated on rare single nucleotide variant detection on NGS data using Bayesian statistical models.
Saddiki Photo Hachem Saddicki, Undergraduate Student, Computer Science (Jan 2013 - present).
Hachem is focusing on developing efficient inference algorithms for Bayesian statistical models to identify biomarkers from genomic assays on heterogeneous tumor samples. He is generally interested in machine learning methods for large-scale genomic data sets.
DeFeitas Photo Tim DeFreitas, Undergraduate Student, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology and Computer Science (Oct 2012 - present).
Tim is sophomore from Pacifica, California double-majoring in Bioinformatics & Computer science at WPI. He is investigating breast cancer subtypes using gene expression data from the Cancer Genome Atlas project.