Brett Trost received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Saskatchewan. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and scholarships, including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, and the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship. Brett is interested in developing and applying computational methods for the study of health and disease, with a focus on human genetics.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental condition that begins in early childhood. Individuals with ASD typically exhibit social-communication deficits and repetitive behaviours, and approximately 1 in 68 children are affected. My research project aims to use data from MSSNG, the world’s largest genome sequencing project devoted to ASD, to better understand its genetic basis.