ORLY ALTER portrait
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Human Genetics
  • Utah Science, Technology, and Research (USTAR) Associate Professor, Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute
  • Investigator, and Member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI)
  • Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Eigengene, Inc.
  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
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https://alterlab.org/

Current Courses

Fall 2020

  • BME 690-003
    Special Topics
    Location: CANVAS (CANVAS)
  • BME 6090-001
    Department Seminar
    Location: CANVAS (CANVAS)
  • BME 6900-003
    Special Topics
    Location: CANVAS (CANVAS)
  • BME 7880-009
    TA Mentorship

Spring 2020

Entrepreneurial Experience

  • Eigengene, Inc. 07/2016 - present. Employees: 3.
    Comments: Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Teaching Philosophy

Small Group Teaching

  • Organized and hosted Tom M. Mitchell, E. Fredkin University Professor of Machine Learning at Carnegie Mellon University, “Using Machine Learning to Study How Brains Represent Language Meaning,” Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (February 16, 2018); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oENp857ATYo.  02/2018  -  02/2018
  • Organized and hosted Cleve B. Moler, Chairman and Co-Founder of MathWorks, Inc., “The Evolution of MATLAB,” Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (September 22, 2017); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QZDLUwBXro.  09/2017  -  09/2017
  • Organized and hosted Joel S. Bader, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University (JHU), “Quantitative Image-Based Phenotypes for Cancer Metastasis Systems Biology,” Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (March 27, 2017).  03/2017  -  03/2017
  • Organized and hosted Andre Levchenko, John C. Malone Professor of Bioengineering at Yale University, “Uniting Genetics, Signal Transduction, and Material Science in the Analysis of Cancer Invasion,” Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (March 4, 2016).  03/2016  -  03/2016
  • Carl T. Wittwer, Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah, “Speeding Up the Polymerase Chain Reaction: Thirty Cycles in <15 Seconds,” Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Seminar (October 30, 2015).  10/2015  -  10/2015
  • Organized and hosted Peter J. Bickel, Professor of Statistics at the University of California at Berkeley, “The ENCODE Project and Us,” Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (April 3, 2015); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JI6dD-5GkI.  04/2015  -  04/2015
  • Thomas E. Cheatham, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Utah, “Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Nucleic Acids: Convergence, Reproducibility, Assessment, Validation, and Data Dissemination Enabled by CHPC, XSEDE and Blue Waters,” Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Seminar (September 5, 2014).  09/2014  -  09/2014
  • Organized and hosted Prabhakar Raghavan, Vice President of Strategic Technologies at Google, “Why Computer Scientists Need to Understand Consumer Behavior,” Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (March 28, 2014); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh-yfFcG8rs.  03/2014  -  03/2014
  • Anjelica Gonzalez, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University, “Engineered Models of Microvascular Systems for Basic and Translational Research,” Department of Bioengineering Distinguished Seminar (November 15, 2013).  11/2013  -  11/2013
  • Organized and hosted Matthew P. Scott, Howard H. and Jessie T. Watkins University Professor and Professor of Developmental Biology, Genetics, Bioengineering and, by courtesy, Biology at Stanford University, “Communicating with Hedgehogs: Transduction and Gene Regulation,” Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (October 4, 2013); https://alterlab.org/announcements/Scott_2013_Seminar.pdf.  10/2013  -  10/2013
  • Organized and hosted James E. Ferrell, Jr., Professor and Chair of Chemical and Systems Biology and Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University, “Bistability and Trigger Waves in Mitosis,” Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (March 8, 2013); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z36AwoLh_ic.  03/2013  -  03/2013
  • Organized and hosted Charles F. Van Loan, Ford Professor of Engineering at the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University, “Block Tensor Computations,” Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (April 8, 2011); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGN3zmK3lsU.  04/2011  -  04/2011
  • Organized and hosted Sir Richard J. Roberts, 1993 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine and Chief Scientific Officer of New England Biolabs, “COMBREX – Genomes, Computers and Experimentation in Biology,” Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute Distinguished Seminar, University of Utah (April 13, 2011); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU7m4oNalsM.  04/2011  -  04/2011
  • Organized and hosted “SXSVD (South by SVD): Gene H. Golub’s World Day Celebration in Austin,” Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) Special Symposium, University of Texas at Austin (February 29, 2008); https://alterlab.org/announcements/Alter_SXSVD_2008_Symposium.pdf.  02/2008  -  02/2008
  • Organized and hosted Christopher R. Johnson, Director of the Scientific Computing and Imaging (SCI) Institute, Co-Director of the NIH Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing (CIBC), Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Research Professor of Bioengineering, and Adjunct Professor of Physics at the University of Utah, and Co-Founder of Visual Influence Inc., and Co-Editor of the Visualization Handbook, “Computing and Visualizing the Future of Biomedicine,” Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) Distinguished Seminar, University of Texas at Austin (January 22, 2008).  01/2008  -  01/2008
  • Organized and hosted John F. X. Diffley, Deputy Director of the London Institute and Director of the Clare Hall Laboratories of Cancer Research UK, “Regulation of DNA Replication by Cyclin Dependent Kinases,” Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology (ICMB) Special Seminar, University of Texas at Austin (November 5–7, 2006).  11/2006  -  11/2006
  • Organized and hosted Steven Chu, Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Geballe Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University, and 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics, “Single Molecule Studies of Complex Systems In Vitro and In Vivo,” Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) Distinguished Seminar, University of Texas at Austin (November 1–2, 2006); https://alterlab.org/announcements/Chu_2006_Seminar.pdf.  11/2006  -  11/2006