People

About Kit

In July 2020, I started as an Assistant Professor at UCSD in the Division for Biomedical Informatics, Department of Medicine. I am also an Associate Member of the Cancer Control Program at UCSD Moores Cancer Center. Previous to this, I held a Medical Research Council Rutherford Fellowship at Barts Cancer Institute in London UK, where I began as a postdoc in Prof Trevor Graham’s Evolution and Cancer lab in 2016. I was a Gastroenterology Research Fellow in the University of Washington Department of Medicine working with Dr. John Inadomi before moving to the UK. I received my PhD in Applied Mathematics from UW in 2015, working with advisor Dr. Georg Luebeck at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and obtained a BS in Mathematics from UCLA in 2010.

Contact

Email: kcurtius@health.ucsd.edu

Address: Division of Biomedical Informatics, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093

Lab members

Graduate students

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Caitlin Guccione

Caitlin is currently a Ph.D. student in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (BISB) program co-advised by Dr. Kit Curtius and Dr. Rob Knight. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2020 with an undergraduate degree in applied mathematics and computer science along with a Masters in applied mathematics. Her current research is focused in the intersection between the human microbiome and cancer. In her free time she enjoys surfing and open water swimming. Email contact: cguccion@ucsd.edu

 

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Brian Johnson

Brian is a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Informatics (BMI) program. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2020 with a B.S. in Physics. His current research interests are wide-ranging, but generally focus on analyzing multi-omic data to improve detection and treatment of cancer. His current work focuses on the phylogenetics of neutrally evolving tumors. In his free time, he enjoys surfing and running. Email contact: bdj001@ucsd.edu

 

 

PhD rotation students

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Douglas Meyer

Douglas is a PhD student in the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (BISB) program, currently rotating with Dr. Kit Curtius. He graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Molecular Cell and Developmental biology and completed a post-bac fellowship at the FDA. His research interests lie broadly at the intersection of cancer biology and computational analyses. His rotation work is focused on methylome profiling of Barrett’s esophagus to infer esophageal adenocarcinoma risk. In his free time, he enjoys baking.

 

 

Undergraduate researchers

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Sandrine Amudhan

Sandrine is an undergraduate student at UCSD, majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. Her interest is in Bioinformatics/Bioengineering, and hoping to focus her graduate studies on these fields. She is currently involved in Dr. Curtius’ research analyzing data to study the relationship between inflammatory bowel disease cancer and genetics to improve detection of IBD cancer. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and reading. Email contact: samudhan@ucsd.edu

 

 

Openings

Please contact Dr. Curtius by email if you are a PhD student in the UCSD Bioinformatics & Systems Biology program who is interested in doing a research rotation, or if you are (or are soon to be) a doctoral graduate (PhD and/or MD) who is interested in applying to an open postdoctoral position on our team. I am happy to discuss available opportunities and potential projects, and to answer questions.

 

QCC Lab Alumni

Sami Ryan (Summer DBMI Intern 2022): current undergraduate at UCLA

Phillip Pham (UCSD STARS Summer Intern 2021): currently PhD student and Fullbright scholar

McKenna Johnson (Undergraduate researcher 2020-2022): currently Software Engineer at Resilience