Ninad Oak, Ph. D.

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Professional Statement

I am a Bioinformatics Research Scientist studying germline cancer predisposition in childhood cancers.

Research Interest

  • Bioinformatic approaches to understand the link between genetic alterations and human diseases.

Honors and Awards

Year Award
2018 and 2016 Poster awards at the Texas Children’s Research Symposium
2011 Bioinformatics National Certification, Govt. of India, All India Rank 5
2009-2011 G. N. Ramachandran Fellowship, Govt. of India
2009-2011 Dept. of Biotechnology Academic Fellowship, Govt. of India

Work Experience

PhD Student/ Graduate Research Assistant – Plon laboratory

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
2012- 2018
Designed annotation platform and completed the analysis of miRNA sequence variation from human population sequencing datasets (gnomAD, ExAC, 1000G, etc.) and cancer datasets (TCGA PanCancerAtlas, St. Jude’s PCGP, etc.).

Consultant, TMC Consulting Agency, Houston, TX

Developed a Go-to-market strategy for a Houston-based clinical informatics startup based on 8-point action plan for product positioning, value proposition, competitive and partnership analyses.

Junior Research Fellow

Advanced Center for Treatment, Research, and Education in Cancer (ACTREC), India
Initiated and led the project “Analysis of DNA genotyping data from head and neck cancer cell-lines to identify disease causal genes”

MS Thesis project

Bioinformatics Center, University of Pune, India
Developed a machine learning prediction tool for the prediction of nuclear receptor ligand binding pockets through protein structure analysis using programmatic approach.

Professional Activities

Experience of leading many cross-functional, inter-disciplinary teams in academic and non-academic settings.

Year Position
2016- 2018 Chair and Student Ambassador, Alumni Student Ambassador Board, Baylor College of Medicine
2014- 2015 President, Indian Students and Scholars Association (ISSA), Baylor College of Medicine
2013- 2015 Genetics Representative, Graduate Student Council, Baylor College of Medicine
2011 Organizing Committee, 1st Global Cancer Genomics Consortium
2009- 2011 Founded and Chaired, Graduate Student Council, University of Pune


For the complete list of published and unpublished papers, please visit the Publications page.

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