A photo of Peter White.

Director, Division of Biomedical Informatics

Professor, UC Department of Biomedical Informatics


Biography & Affiliation


Peter White, PhD, is the Riveschl Professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and division director of Biomedical Informatics at Cincinnati Children's. In these roles, he oversees informatics research and resources at both institutions, including academic, educational, data services, technology development, and research IT missions.

As co-director of the Center for Pediatric Genomics, he also serves in a leadership capacity for establishing enterprise-level solutions to genome-based precision medicine at Cincinnati Children’s. In his research career, Dr. White has explored the development and application of novel approaches for disease gene discovery, including identifying causative genes for neuroblastoma, ADHD, autism, and congenital heart defects. He has also developed innovative approaches for integrating and disseminating clinical, phenotypic, and molecular data to researchers for promoting discovery and hypothesis validation.

Dr. White has recently played a lead informatics role on a number of national network research programs, including the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award for UC and Cincinnati Children’s, the NICHD Newborn Screening Translational Research Network, the NHLBI Bench to Bassinet Program, the NHGRI Clinical Sequencing and Exploratory Research and IGNITE Consortia, and the Genomic Research and Innovation Network.

Clinical Interests

Bioinformatics; biomedical informatics; genome informatics

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Biomedical Informatics


Biomedical Informatics, Center for Pediatric Genomics


PhD: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 1992.


Masino AJ, Dechene ET, Dulik MC, Wilkens A, Spinner NB, Krantz ID, Pennington JW, Robinson PN, White PS. Clinical phenotype-based gene prioritization: An initial study using semantic similarity and the Human Phenotype Ontology. BMC Bioinformatics. 2014 Jul 21;15:248.

Gai X, Xie HM, Perin JC, Takahashi N, Murphy K, Wenocur AS, D’arcy M, O’Hara RJ, Goldmuntz E, Grice DD, Shaikh TH, Hakonarson H, Buxbaum JD, Elia J, White PS. Rare structural variation of synapse and neurotransmission genes in autism. Molecular Psychiatry. 2012;17:402-411.

Elia J, Gai X, Hakonarson H, White PS. Structural variations in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. The Lancet. 2011;377:377-378.

Elia J, Gai X, Xie HM, Perin JC, Geiger E, Glessner JT, D’arcy M, deBeradinis R, Frackelton E, Kim C, Lantieri F, Muganga BM, Wang L, Rappaport EF, Grant SFA, Devoto M, Shaikh TH, Hakonarson H, White PS. Rare inherited structural variants found in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are preferentially associated with neurodevelopmental genes. Mol Psychiatry. 2010;15:637-646.

Shaikh TH, Gai X, Perin JC, Glessner JT, Xie H, Murphy K, O’Hara R, Casalunovo T, Conlin LK, D’arcy M, Frackelton EC, Geiger EA, Imielinski M, Kim CE, Medne L, Wang K, Annaiah K, Bradfield JP, Dabaghyan E, Eckert A, Onyiah CC, Ostapenko S, Otieno FG, Santa E, Shaner JL, Skraban R, Smith RM, Elia J, Goldmuntz E, Spinner NB, Zackai EH, Chiavacci RM, Grundmeier R, Rappaport EF, Grant SFA, White PS*, Hakonarson H*. High-resolution mapping and analysis of copy number variations in the human genome: A data resource for clinical and research applications. Genome Research. 2009;19:1682-90. (* Co-senior authors)