Benjamin Voight is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics and Genetics, and chairman of the Genomics and Computational Biology graduate group at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on understanding the genetic basis of cardiometabolic traits, and population genomics methods to characterize mutation and selection in human populations.
He led the development of statistical pipelines for the analysis of genome-wide association studies, contributing directly to the discovery of hundreds of loci associated type 2 diabetes, myocardial infarction, and related causal traits. He has also led the application of causal inference studies for cardiometabolic traits, including the role of low and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in risk to heart disease. He has received several young investigator awards, including an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship in 2012 and the 2014 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.