Tatsiana received her bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics and Informatics with focus on Theory of Probabilities and Statistics from Belarusian State University in 2007. She continued her education in Norway, applying her knowledge of mathematical modeling to the field of logistics and production planning, and further worked for several years in traffic flows optimization and software development in academia and in industry. In 2012 Tatsiana joined a PhD program in Molecular Oncology, working on application of bioinformatics and statistics for transcriptional profiling (microarrays and RNA-seq). During her PhD she has worked on discovering molecular mechanisms of anti-leukemic effects of glucocorticoids in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Tatsiana finds it highly fascinating how the data can provide us with answers of pathophysiology of complex genetic diseases, and therefore she is looking forward to continue her work at Talkowski lab, discovering molecular mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders through statistical analyses of genomics data produced by NGS technology.
Kiana’s interest in the study of structural variation began in her post-baccalaureate work in the lab of Dr. Evan Eichler, with whom she worked for over three years after completing her undergraduate studies in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Washington in 2012. In her post-baccalaureate work, Kiana led efforts to identify and characterize the disease implications and evolutionary history of various structural variant classes, work that has driven her interests in the Talkowski Lab as well.
Outside of the lab, Kiana is actively involved in science outreach and mentoring.