Brendan J. Frey

Brendan Frey


  • Fellow
  • Genetic Networks


  • University of Toronto
Department of electrical and computer engineering, department of computer science and Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research


  • Canada


PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of Toronto
MSc (Electrical and Computer Engineering), University of Manitoba
BSc (Electrical Engineering), University of Calgary


Brendan Frey is a computer engineer whose research focuses on developing deep learning algorithms for genomic analysis applications.

The algorithms make use of large genetic datasets to understand and predict the interactions of DNA mutations and their effects on human health. The work spans interests and advances from both the Genetic Networks and Learning in Machines & Brains programs.


Co-recipient of the NSERC John C. Polanyi Award, 2012
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009
Canada's Top 40 Under 40, 2007
Premier's Research Excellence Award, 2000

Relevant Publications

Kschischang, F.R. et al. "Factor graphs and the sum-product algorithm." IEEE T. Infor. Theory 47, no. 2 (February 2001): 498–519.


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