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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Michael Brudno, PhD

Research Institute
Senior Scientist
Genetics & Genome Biology

Centre for Computational Medicine

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science

Phone: 416-813-8179
Email: brudno@cs.toronto.edu

For more information, visit:

The Centre for Computational Medicine projects

Brief Biography

Dr. Michael Brudno is the Director of the Centre for Computational Medicine at SickKids, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and History from the University of California, Berkeley, he continued his studies and completed his PhD from the Computer Science Department of Stanford University. Stanford is where he worked on algorithms for whole genome alignments. He went on to complete his postdoctoral fellowship at UC Berkeley and was a Visiting Scientist at MIT before starting his position here in Toronto.

Research Interests

Dr. Brudno's main research interest is the development of computational methods for the analysis of genomic datasets, especially High Throughput Sequencing data, including methods for the discovery of structural and copy-number polymorphisms and other genomic variation, identification of functional variants, and visualization of genomic data. In addition, he works on comparative genomics, molecular evolution and cloud computing.

External Funding

  • Genome Canada
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)


Dr. Brudno is the recipient of the Ontario Early Researcher Award, the Sloan Fellowship and Canadian Outstanding Young Computer Scientist Award.