Faculty Profile

Hae Kyung Im
Section of Genetic Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine

Academic Interests

Dr. Im's research centers on developing statistical methods to sift through the vast amounts of genomic and other high dimensional data to understand the biological mechanisms that drive complex diseases with the ultimate goal of making discoveries that can be translated into improving the health of people. She focuses on methods that predict and dissect complex traits using data from multiple heterogeneous sources. For example, she has proposed a prediction method called OmicKriging that integrates data from heterogeneous sources to improve prediction performance. She has also used the prediction of intermediate phenotypes as an instrument to probe the mechanisms that link genetic variants with complex diseases and traits. This is implemented in two related methods called PrediXcan and MetaXcan. Her methods, software, and results are open to the public to promote open and reproducible science.

Clinical Interests



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  • MS, 1993, Balseiro Institute, Argentina, Physics
  • MS, 2000, University of Chicago, Financial Mathematics
  • PhD, 2005, University of Chicago, Statistics