Tintle receives $353,000 genetics research grant

National Institutes of Health awards human genetics data grant

Dr. Nathan Tintle

Dordt University’s Dr. Nathan Tintle, professor of statistics, was awarded a $353,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue research on statistical methods for analyzing human genetics data.

Tintle has been awarded a series of similar grants over the past several years to develop a framework to evaluate the performance of existing statistical tests to assess the relationship between genetics and human disease. After using this framework to provide a clearer understanding of test performance in a variety of circumstances, Tintle and his research group have been developing new methods and evaluating their performance.

Most recently, the research group, including local high school teacher Jason Westra (‘08) and numerous Dordt undergraduate students, have been focused on developing methods to utilize large electronic health record systems known as biobanks. Their methods try to maximize the information that can be gained from biobanks while maximizing patient privacy and minimizing computational demands when analyzing these very large datasets.

Tintle’s research group provides excellent, hands-on opportunities for Dordt students studying statistics and data science to be involved in cutting-edge research while preparing them with the skills needed to be successful after graduation. The award will last for three years.