Winston Timp | AIChE

Winston Timp

Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Winston Timp is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research focuses on epigenetics.

His team is currently engaged in integrating information from genetics, epigenetics and systems biology to decipher the biophysical basis of gene regulation.

Dr. Timp earned bachelor degrees in biochemistry, chemistry, physics and electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He then earned his master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked at the Whitehead Institute in Paul Matsudaira’s lab, focusing his thesis work on the study of cellular communication in a 3D microenvironment.  After receiving his doctorate, he trained as a postdoc at Johns Hopkins in the labs of Andrew Feinberg and Andre Levchenko, studying the epigenetics of cancer.


My lab’s focus is on the development and application of sequencing technologies to gain a deeper understanding of biology and a more accurate set of clinical tools for human disease. We integrate biophysics, molecular biology, and computational biology to create new tools for exploring the epigenome and genome. Leveraging these tools, we then explore interesting questions about fundamental biological concepts using model systems. We apply our newfound knowledge and toolset to clinical samples for diagnosis, surveillance, and treatment of human disease. Recent projects range from diagnosis of infectious disease using nanopore sequencing, to developing new tools to characterize the genome and epigenome of cancer, to reading the transcriptome of the hummingbird.

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