As a statistical geneticist, Eric J. Earley researches the genetic component of complex human diseases using a combination of statistical modeling and bioinformatics. His work focuses on the functional characterization of genetic epidemiology results (e.g., genome-wide association studies) by applying cutting edge statistical methods to find actionable therapeutic targets.
Currently at RTI, Dr. Earley is lead investigator on National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded preclinical studies of ischemic stroke risk and other co-morbidities in children with sickle cell disease. He is also a genomics task leader on the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded project “Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO)”—a multi-site longitudinal study dedicated to learning what environmental factors influence child health. More recently, Dr. Earley has served as a statistical and data coordinator within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)-funded Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases (CREID).
Prior to joining RTI in 2018, Dr. Earley was an adjunct professor at North Carolina Central University. He has also worked at IQVIA (formerly Expression Analysis) as a Senior Bioinformaticist conducting contract research in genomic oncology. His graduate work, funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) predoctoral fellowship, investigated the genetic basis of complex behavioral phenotypes in Drosophila.