About Sickkids
About SickKids

Michael Brudno , PhD

Research Institute
Director, Centre for Computational Medicine
Genetics & Genome Biology

University of Toronto
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science and the Donnelly Centre

Phone: 416-813-7654 ext. 308179
e-mail: michael.brudno@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

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

Research Interests

My 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. I have also worked 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)


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