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Postdoctoral, Statistical Genetics, MD Anderson Cancer Center

PhD, Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

MS, Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

BS, Zoology and Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin

Grier Page is a Distinguished Fellow at RTI where he specializes in genetics, genomics, bioinformatic methods development, and works in transfusion medicine, hemophilia, sickle cell disease, and other blood disorders. His research also delves into the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning to address data handling and statistical analysis. 

He is the Principal Investigator of the Hemophilia Research Program Data and Coordinating Center. The goal of this project is to better understand the hemophilia bleeding risk in pregnancy and identify the causes of factor VIII inhibitor formation in early childhood. The study will recruit a group of pregnant women with the gene change that causes hemophilia A. Mothers will be followed through their pregnancy and childbirth. The mothers and babies with hemophilia will continue to be followed through early life, sending data collection and samples along the way. We will study how genetics, environment, the immune system, and other biological factors affect bleeding and inhibitor formation.

Before joining RTI in 2008, Dr. Page was an associate professor of biostatistics in the section on statistical genetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He focused on developing statistical methods for the analysis of transcriptomic data. 

Additionally, Dr. Page holds several professional memberships, including the American Society for Human Genetics and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. 

Get To Know Grier Page

Dr. Page shared what sparked his passion for genetics, experiences from his first job, and a book that everyone should read.

My fascination with genetics started in 9th grade AP biology. During that class, we bred drosophila flies, and I was fascinated by the ability to transmit traits such as eye color, body shape, or bristles on legs from generation to generation. That really started my deep dive into genetics.

My first job started shortly after I got a car and was able to drive at 16. I delivered Chinese food for a restaurant called Wok on Wheels. It was eye opening for many reasons. First, it taught me to work fast and efficiently – the more deliveries I made, the more money I made. Secondly and more importantly, it transformed by view of the world. I met a far more diverse group of people with more varied experiences than my suburban upper middle-class childhood. I met chefs from Hong Kong, drivers from Nigeria, a manager from Lebanon, former military people, people who worked at gentlemen’s clubs, people going through 12-step programs, and people who probably should have been in rehab. Some were recent immigrants, others trying to rebuild their lives, most living paycheck to paycheck, and I met people of different religions and learned how family was so important to most of them. I found it personally transformative, and this job has affected how I view and understand people and the world since then.

The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century by David Salsburg is a fascinating and easy read to dive into the motivational factors and people behind a number of the transformative statistical ideas, including experimental design, randomization, t-test, five sigma, and many others.

Page Grier with his family

Outside of the Office

Dr. Page loves to garden. Before coming to RTI, his work focused on agricultural genetics. He is transforming his yard into an oasis of flowers along with the help of his wife and children. They’re building a food forest and medium sized-vegetable garden.

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