Co-director, Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics
Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Berman earned a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Molecular & Cell Biology, both from UC Berkeley. There, he participated in the sequencing of the complete Drosophila genome, and was the first to show that transcriptional enhancers could be identified at genome-wide significance using a purely computational approach. He did a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular epidemiology at the University of Southern California, where he developed computational tools to understand the function of enhancer polymorphisms identified in large genome-wide association studies. He went on to become the Bioinformatics Director for the USC Epigenome Center’s Next-generation sequencing core, where he worked alongside leaders in epigenomics to generate data for projects such as ENCODE (with Peggy Farnham) and TCGA (with Peter Laird). He worked with Dr. Laird to sequence the first deep DNA methylation map of cancer using whole-genome bisulfite-sequencing, and was one of the first to show that cancer-specific enhancers could be identified by methylation alone. In 2014, Dr. Berman moved to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to become co-director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional Genomics.