Dr. Kyle M. Schachtschneider, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also holds appointments in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. His primary research goal is to improve treatment outcomes for cancer patients through the utilization of cutting edge porcine biomedical research platforms. To accomplish this, Dr. Schachtschneider leverages his background in bioinformatics, epigenomics, molecular biology, and the use of pigs in translational biomedical research.
Dr. Schachtschneider graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 and received his Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from the same institution in 2013 as part of the Comparative Genomics Lab headed by Dr. Schook. His work on porcine biomedical models continued as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the world-renowned Wageningen University bioinformatics group in the Netherlands where he performed next-generation sequencing analysis to investigate genetic and epigenetic variation underlying disease in porcine biomedical models. Following his time overseas he joined the Department of Radiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago to focus his research efforts towards translation into clinical practice. During his time at UIC, he has overseen several research projects including experiments using the translational Oncopig model to improve cancer detection and treatment strategies. As part of his responsibilities for Sus Clinicals, Dr. Schachtschneider liaises with the University of Illinois on the provision of preclinical testing services, develops and qualifies protocols for new cancers, and works closely with customers on clinical test design, execution, and analysis.