Douglas Ruderfer Ph.D
douglas.ruderfer (at)
Curriculum Vitae

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 Assistant Professor in the Division of Genetic Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

Current Lab Members

Lide Han – Senior Staff Scientist

Lide Han completed his PhD  in quantitative genetics and bioinformatics supervised by Dr. Jun Zhuat Zhejiang University, China, where he was supervised by Dr. Jun Zhu, Afterwards he accepted his postdoc training in Statistical Genomics with Dr. Shizhong Xu in UCR, and Mark Abney in UChicago. He joined the lab in August, 2017.

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.

Jooeun (Jay) Kang – MD/PhD 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.

Tess Vessels – PhD 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.


Walsh Lab – Predictive Analytics
Capra Lab – Evolutionary and Computational Genomics
Talkowski Lab – Structural Variation and Neuropsychiatric Disorders
The Psychiatric Genomics Consortium
The CommonMind Consortium
The Center for Precision Medicine

Awards and Honors

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Biomedical Research Impact Award 2018
Associate Member the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Travel Award 2015
UK Alumni Award Finalist 2015