University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

David Conti, Ph.D.

Photograph of David Conti

David Conti, Ph.D. is Professor in the Division of Biostatistics, the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, and the Norris Cancer Center at USC. He was trained in Genetic Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University and was awarded the 2001 Roger Williams award from the International Genetic Epidemiology Society (IGES). More recently he was a Visiting Fellow at Churchill College, University of Cambridge, performing research in collaboration with Dr. Sylvia Richardson at the MRC Biostatistics Unit. His methodological research focuses on the application of hierarchical models and Bayes model averaging to genetic association studies with specific interest in multilocus analysis and the integration of biological knowledge in statistical modeling. Central to his research program is the translation and incorporation of the underlying biology into statistical methods, which necessitates strong, collaborative interdisciplinary efforts for success. He is currently PI of a project to investigate the role of the folate one-carbon pathway in colorectal cancer by measure numerous biomarkers in several thousand individuals with measured genetic and dietary information and to develop statistical methods to integrate the data sources.