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Barbara Fortini

Barbara Fortini

Associate Professor, Keck Graduate Institute
Barbara Kraatz Fortini, Associate Professor of Genetics, joined the Keck Graduate Institute in 2017 to develop the Master of Science in Human Genetics and Genomic Data Analytics (MSGDA) program. She is currently Director of the Center for Training in Applied Genomics at KGI, and serves as the Program Director for 3 genomics programs: MSGDA, an execute-education Certificate in Applied Genomics (CAG), and the Clinical Genetics and Bioinformatics (CGB) summer program for undergraduates. Within the KGI curriculum, Fortini teaches courses in Human Molecular Genetics, Human Genomics, and Functional Genomics. Fortini's research is focused on how non-coding genomic variation affects colorectal cancer risk, using both bioinformatics and cell-based assays to understand the consequences of variants associated with colon cancer.

Prior to joining KGI, Fortini served as a visiting assistant professor of biology at the W.M. Keck Science Department of the Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges. Fortini completed her postdoctoral training at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her BS in 2002 and her PhD in 2011 at the California Institute of Technology.