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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, Genomics


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


Selected Publication

Novel phenotype-disease matching tool for rare genetic diseases. Chen, J; Xu, H; Jegga, A; Zhang, K; White, PS; Zhang, G. Genetics in Medicine. 2019; 88:341-348.

Increased Frequency of De Novo Copy Number Variants in Congenital Heart Disease by Integrative Analysis of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Array and Exome Sequence Data. Glessner, JT; Bick, AG; Ito, K; Homsy, JG; Rodriguez-Murillo, L; Fromer, M; Mazaika, E; Vardarajan, B; Italia, M; Leipzig, J; et al. Circulation Research. 2014; 115:884-U209.

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

Harvest: an open platform for developing web-based biomedical data discovery and reporting applications. Pennington, JW; Ruth, B; Italia, MJ; Miller, J; Wrazien, S; Loutrel, JG; Crenshaw, EB; White, PS. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2014; 21:379-383.

A survey of informatics approaches to whole-exome and whole-genome clinical reporting in the electronic health record. Tarczy-Hornoch, P; Amendola, L; Aronson, SJ; Garraway, L; Gray, S; Grundmeier, RW; Hindorff, LA; Jarvik, G; Karavite, D; Lebo, M; et al. Genetics in Medicine. 2013; 15:824-832.

De novo mutations in histone-modifying genes in congenital heart disease. Zaidi, S; Choi, M; Wakimoto, H; Ma, L; Jiang, J; Overton, JD; Romano-Adesman, A; Bjornson, RD; Breitbart, RE; Brown, KK; et al. Nature. 2013; 498:220-223.

Rare structural variation of synapse and neurotransmission genes in autism. Gai, X; Xie, HM; Perin, JC; Takahashi, N; Murphy, K; Wenocur, AS; D'arcy, M; O'Hara, RJ; Goldmuntz, E; Grice, DE; et al. Molecular Psychiatry. 2012; 17:402-411.

Genome-wide copy number variation study associates metabotropic glutamate receptor gene networks with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Elia, J; Glessner, JT; Wang, K; Takahashi, N; Shtir, CJ; Hadley, D; Sleiman, PM A; Zhang, H; Kim, CE; Robison, R; et al. Nature Genetics. 2012; 44:78-U113.

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

Rare structural variants found in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are preferentially associated with neurodevelopmental genes. Elia, J; Gai, X; Xie, HM; Perin, JC; Geiger, E; Glessner, JT; D'arcy, M; deBerardinis, R; Frackelton, E; Kim, C; et al. Molecular Psychiatry. 2010; 15:637-646.