ORLY ALTER portrait
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Human Genetics
  • Investigator, and Member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI)
  • USTAR Associate Professor, Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute
  • Associate Professor, Bioengineering
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Orly Alter is a USTAR associate professor of bioengineering and human genetics at the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute and the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.1  She completed her DOE/Sloan Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Genetics at Stanford University, and received her Ph.D. in applied physics at Stanford University, and her B.Sc. magna cum laude in physics at Tel Aviv University. Her Ph.D. thesis on "Quantum Measurement of a Single System," which was published by Wiley-Interscience as a book,2,3,4  is recognized today as crucial to the field of gravitational wave detection.5,6 

Alter is the principal investigator of a five-year, three million-dollar National Cancer Institute (NCI) Physical Sciences in Oncology U01 project grant.7,8  Additional support for her work comes from the Utah Science, Technology, and Research (USTAR) Initiative. Completed project grants include an NSF CAREER Award,9  and National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) R01 and K01 awards.