Douglas Ruderfer Ph.D

douglas.ruderfer (at)

Associate Professor

Formally trained in computational biology and genetics, I received my BS in computer engineering and MS in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University and my PhD in genetics from Cardiff University. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Genetic Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Lide Han Ph.D

Sr. Staff Scientist

Lide Han has background in biology, quantitative genetics and biostatistics. He received his Master’s degree in Nanjing Agricultural University, China and PhD’s degree in Zhejiang University, China. Afterwards he accepted his postdoc training in University of California, Riverside and University of Chicago. He joined the Ruderfer lab in August, 2017. Out of work he likes hiking, movies and playing with family and friends.

Jooeun “Jay” Kang

MD/Ph.D Student

Jay is a Third Culture Kid who grew up bouncing around West Africa, Europe, Korea, and the Middle East. She was trained as a molecular biologist studying breast cancer metastasis for her thesis in Princeton University, then studied clotting factor degradation induced by mechanical heart support devices at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016 she moved to Nashville to begin her training in the Medical Scientist Training Program in Vanderbilt University.

While at Vanderbilt, she was drawn to the unique resources and strong, supportive leadership available in the bioinformatics and human genetics department, and decided to switch her trajectory from wet to dry lab and joined the Ruderfer lab in 2018.

Jay is currently working to understand the genetics of suicidal behavior and how it intersects with other psychiatric illnesses, especially those that are treatment-resistant. When she is not in lab she spends her free time at the rec center or meal prepping listening to her favorite podcast, No Such Thing As A Fish.

Ted Morley

Data Scientist

Ted Morley has a background in computer science, with a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. His computational focuses have primarily been in biology, natural language processing, and machine learning. In his free time he enjoys wilderness backpacking, board games, and cooking for friends and family.

Tess Vessels

Ph.D Student

Tess grew up in Huntsville, Alabama. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is interested in the genetics of psychiatric disorders and how genes can be used to improve accurate diagnoses and inform effective treatment. She is currently focused on quantifying the symptom psychosis and using its genetics as a predictive measure for psychiatric disorders. Outside of lab she enjoys reading, watching movies, and hanging out with family and friends.

Colby Tubbs

Ph.D Student

Colby is from Charleston, SC and received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He moved to Nashville to pursue his doctoral training through Vanderbilt’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Program. Colby joined the lab in 2020 as a member of the Human Genetics department and has a broad interest in regulatory genomics and epigenetics. Currently, he is interested in interpreting the transcriptional consequences of structural variation within the context of 3D genome architecture. Outside of the lab, Colby loves spending time outdoors, gaming and watching TV.

Lucas Richter

Genetics Counseling Student

Lucas is a former Broadway voice teacher. Before moving to New York City he studied music at Oklahoma City University, where he also received his masters in vocal performance. He lives in Nashville with his 2-year-old son Finn and his wife, novelist Mary Adkins.

Calwing (Cal) Liao

PhD Student / Visiting Scholar 

Cal grew up in Toronto, Canada and received his Bachelor’s degree from Western University where he did his thesis on the genetic variation of tRNA genes. He started his Human Genetics PhD in September 2018 at McGill University (Montréal, Canada) with the Rouleau lab. He studies different psychiatric disorders such as ADHD and bipolar disorder, and enjoys teaching a molecular lab course. 
To avoid the cold weather in Montréal (and learn some new things), he joined the Ruderfer lab in 2020 as a visiting research scholar and is currently working on characterizing transcriptomic convergence amongst autism genes. Outside of work, he enjoys painting, cycling, and cooking while being beseeched by his pets Chrome and PLINK2.0α for food.