Ontario Genomics-CANSSI Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genome Data Science – Award Recipient: Daniella Lato

Ontario Genomics and CANSSI Ontario (OG-CO) are pleased to announce Dr. Daniella Lato as the recipient of one of three Ontario Genomics-CANSSI Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowships in Genome Data Science.

Dr. Daniella Lato attended McMaster University in Hamilton, where she received her B.Sc. in Mathematics and Biology (2015), followed by her Ph.D. in Bioinformatics (2021). Working with Dr. Brian Golding during her Ph.D., Dr. Lato explored the impact of genome re-organization on bacterial genome evolution. During her Ph.D., Dr. Lato won multiple institutional awards celebrating her research and community involvement at McMaster University.

Currently, Dr. Lato is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Under the supervision of Drs. Philipp Maass and Michael Wilson, Dr. Lato is using inter-chromosomal interactions to decode 3D genome architecture in human cells. Genome organization or architecture is important for the regulation of genes and cell fate determinations. Dr. Lato’s current project will assist in illuminating the genomic role inter-chromosomal interactions play in molecular functions.

Dr. Lato is interested in using computational biology and statistics to explore DNA from a genomic perspective. She enjoys mentoring trainees in the Maass Lab and sharing her experience in academia with future students by participating in career panels for high school and university students.

Outside of the lab, Dr. Lato stretches her creative (and physical) muscles as a competitive synchronized swimming athlete and coach at the Provincial and National levels. Currently, Dr. Lato swims for the Toronto Artistic Swimming Club. She has been recognized numerous times for her leadership (2017-2021 Therese Quigley Award) and athletic skills (2020 Dr. Edna Guest Award) in the McMaster athletic community.

Dr. Lato received the Fellowship in Genome Data Science for project: Mapping inter-chromosomal interactions across human cell types to decode 3D genome architecture.


The Ontario Genomics-CANSSI Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genome Data Science was created to support research projects that deepen our understanding of genomic epidemiology of infectious disease, using genomics for pathogen surveillance or host-virus genetic interaction by providing salary support for up to two years for an early career investigator pursuing research in the areas of statistical genetics or genetic epidemiology.

Established in 2000, Ontario Genomics is a not-for-profit organization leading the application of genomics-based solutions to drive economic growth, improved quality of life, and global leadership for Ontario. As part of its strategic vision, Ontario Genomics (OG) is dedicated to supporting the development of educational resources that demonstrate how genomics plays a vital role to address key challenges in our society. Ontario Genomics also plays a role in advancing genomics projects and programs across the province by supporting the development of proposals, helping researchers access diverse funding sources, and finding the right industry partners to take this research out of the lab to apply it to the world’s most pressing challenges. Since its inception, Ontario Genomics has raised more than $1.27 billion for genomics applied research in Ontario and directly supported more than 9,100 trainees and jobs. OG supports 110+ active projects, 500+ impactful partnerships and has secured $1.34 billion in follow-on investments.

CANSSI Ontario is the Ontario Regional Centre of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI). Its goal is to strengthen and enhance research and training in data science by developing programs that promote interdisciplinary research and enable multidisciplinary collaborations.

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