David L. Corcoran, Ph.D.

David L. Corcoran, PhD

Assistant Professor


David is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and the director of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center Bioinformatics Core at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He holds an undergraduate degree in genetics, cell biology, and development from the University of Minnesota, as well as a Master’s in Biostatistics and a PhD in Human Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to his move to UNC, he was the founding director of the Genomic Analysis and Bioinformatics Core Facility at Duke University.

Dr. Corcoran is a long-time collaborator of the Moffit & Caspi research team, bringing his bioinformatics expertise to assist with the analysis of the genetic, epigenetic, and transcriptomic signatures associated with biological aging.  His has a particular interest in developing methodologies for the integration of multi-omics data in large longitudinal datasets.  In addition to the Dunedin Study collaboration, his other research focuses on the development and application of single-cell and spatial transcriptomic technologies to better understand the molecular landscape of cancer to better improve treatment and patient outcomes.