Matt Velinder, PhD


I am a passionate scientist seeking to use my biological knowledge and technical skills to improve both patients’ outcomes and quality of life. I believe the awesome power of genomic sequencing will only be fully realized when complex sequencing data is synthesized into clinically actionable information. I continue to be motivated and inspired by my work in both basic and clinical research settings. I apply a diverse skill set and background to my research, including a broad knowledge of molecular biology, protein biochemistry, genetics, bioinformatics and programming. I have been the lead bioinformatician on numerous large consortium scale projects as well as single family studies of rare and undiagnosed diseases. I am a creative problem solver, eager to learn new methods, techniques and skills. I make a point of reading outside my field and have a love for communicating science to both fellow scientists and lay audiences. Outside of the lab I enjoy biking, gardening, a wide range of music, cooking, and outdoor adventures of all kinds.

Experience and Education

Research Associate

Gabor Marth Lab
USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery
Department of Human Genetics
University of Utah School of Medicine
September 2016 – present

Science Tweeter

October 2014 – present

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Michael Engel Lab
Department of Oncological Sciences
Huntsman Cancer Institute
Molecular Biology Program
University of Utah
August 2010 – May 2016

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department of Biology
Gonzaga University
August 2006 – May 2010


● Velinder M , Singer J, Meznarich J, Bareyan D, Tracy C, Fulcher J, McClellan D, Lucente H,Franklin S, Sharma S, and Engel ME. GFI1 Functions in Transcriptional Control and Cell Fate Determination Require SNAG Domain Methylation to Recruit LSD1 . Biochemical Journal .
● Andrade D, Velinder M , Singer J, Maese L, Bareyan D, Nguyen H, Chandrasekharan M, Lucente H, McClellan D, Jones D, Sharma S, Liu F, and Engel ME. Sumoylation Regulates Growth Factor Independence (GFI)-1 in Transcriptional Control and Hematopoiesis . Molecular and Cellular Biology . 2016.
● Whitney L. Wooderchak-Donahue PhD, Gulsen Akay MD, […] Matt Velinder, PhD […] Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir MD, PhD Phenotype of CM-AVM2 caused by variants in EPHB4: how much overlap with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT)? Genetics in Medicine. 2019.
● Whitney L. Wooderchak-Donahue, Jamie McDonald, […] Matt Velinder […] Pinar Bayrak-Toydemir Genome sequencing reveals a deep intronic splicing ACVRL1 mutation hotspot in Hereditary Haemorrhagic Telangiectasia . Journal of Medical Genetics. 2018.
● Alistair Ward, Mary A. Karren, Tonya Di Sera […] Matt Velinder , Gabor T. Marth. Rapid clinical diagnostic variant investigation of genomic patient sequencing data with iobio web tools. Journal of Clinical and Translational Science. 2018.
● Velinder M . Supreme Court’s DNA Decision Raises New Questions . Explore Utah Science . June 20, 2013.
● Velinder M . Researchers Make Headway on Discovering the Real Paleo Diet . Explore Utah Science . June 4, 2013.

Abstracts / Posters:
● Matt Velinder, PhD , John C Carey, MD, MPH, Lorenzo D Botto, MD […] Aaron Quinlan, PhD, Gabor T Marth, D.Sc. Iterative reanalysis provides diagnostic avenue for previously unsolved rare and complex disease cases. American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting
2018. *platform presentation
● Matt Velinder , Alistair Ward, Tonya Di Sera, Aditya Ekawade, Chase Miller and Gabor Marth. IOBIO – an intuitive, visually-driven, real time genomic analysis software suite. American College of Medical Genetics Annual Meeting 2019. *top scoring poster
● Matt Velinder, PhD , John C Carey, MD, MPH, Lorenzo D Botto, MD […] Gabor T Marth, D.Sc Iterative reanalysis using novel genomic research tools improves clinical exome diagnostic yield in complex undiagnosed disease cases . Cold Spring Harbor Biology of Genomes. 2018.
● Matt Velinder , Alistair Ward, Tonya Di Sera […] Gabor Marth Rapid phenotype-driven identification of causative genetic variants using iobio tools . Cold Spring Harbor Biology of Genomes. 2017.
● Meznarich J, Bareyan D, Velinder M , Bearss J, Sharma S, and Engel ME. Lysine specific demethylase 1 as a rationally conceived therapeutic target in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia . Pediatric Blood & Cancer, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. May 12, 2016.
● Velinder M , Singer J, Meznarich J, Theisen E, Fulcher J, Tracy C, Franklin S, Sharma S, and Engel ME. GFI1 SNAG Domain Methylation Directs LSD1 Recruitment to Control Transcription and Cell Fate Determination in Hematopoiesis . Blood, American Society of Hematology . December 3, 2015. *platform presentation ● Singer J, Andrade D, Bareyan D, McClellan D, Lucente H, Velinder M , Maese L, Chandrasekharan M, Theisen E, Liu F, Sharma S, and Engel ME. Lysine specific demethylase-1 inhibition as a therapeutic strategy that leverages the requirement for growth factor independence-1 in Notch-driven T-ALL . Cancer Research, American
Association for Cancer Research . October 15, 2014.
● Maese L, Velinder M , Andrade D, Bareyan D, Singer J, Lucente H, McClellan D, and Engel ME. Growth Factor Independence (GFI)-1 Post-translational Modification in Hematopoietic Differentiation . Pediatric Blood & Cancer, American Society


● Communication – Excellent writing and speaking skills, taking pride in clear verbal and visual
communication of research findings and their implications.
● Experience – Strong comprehension of and direct experience with current molecular, genetic, biochemical, and genomic methodologies. Direct experience using Zebrafish and yeast model organisms. Hands-on experience analyzing next-generation sequencing data, including proficiency with Python, bash and command line tools.
● Problem-solving – Eagerly able to learn new methods or modify current methods when experimental questions necessitate. Enjoys learning and becoming proficient in new techniques.
● Inquisitive – Continuing curiosity about a diverse range of biological topics including, genetics, evolution, biochemistry, molecular biology, neurobiology, developmental biology and complex disease.


● Corin Thummel, University of Utah Undergraduate Student, May 2018 – present
● Matthew McDermott, University of North Carolina Undergraduate Student, Summer 2016
● Victer Manukyan, University of Utah Undergraduate Student, Spring-Fall 2015
● James Fulcher, University of Utah Biological Chemistry Graduate Student, Spring 2015
● Ashley Trane, University of Utah Medical Student, Summer 2014
● Bianca Corpuz, University of Maryland Undergraduate Student, Summer 2014
● Margaret Alexander, University of Utah Molecular Biology Graduate Student, Fall 2013

Notable Courses

  • Biostatistics Seminar/Workshop
  • CSHL Programming for Biology (Python)
  • Biochemical Mechanisms of Signal Transduction
  • Clinical and Molecular Cancer Biology
  • Gene Expression
  • Genetics and Genomes
  • Cell Biology I and II
  • Genetics of Complex Disease
  • Genomic Analysis I
  • Protein and Nucleic Acid Biochemistry

Additional Experience

Journal Club Organizer
Department of Oncological Sciences
University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute
October 2013 – November 2014
Seminar Series Coordinator
Department of Oncological Sciences
University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute
August 2012 – August 2014
Department Student Representative
Department of Oncological Sciences
University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute
June 2012 – August 2014
Teaching Assistant
Molecular Biology Graduate Program
University of Utah
August 2012 – December 2012
Science Outreach Volunteer
Science in Action!
Gonzaga University
August 2009 – May 2010
Biology Tutor
Department of Biology
Gonzaga University
August 2009 – May 2010
Academic Advisor
Academic Advising and Assistance
Gonzaga University
May 2008 – May 2010