Christine (Chris) Spencer, PhD Senior Research Scientist Informatics Biography Christine Spencer, PhD, is a senior research scientist in PICI’s Informatics team. At PICI, Spencer works with academic and industry partners around translational research projects and also leads informatics analysis for select PICI-sponsored clinical trials. Spencer came to PICI from the laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Wargo at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where she focused on host lifestyle factors and characteristics of the gut microbiome in response to checkpoint blockade immunotherapy. Spencer did her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she also researched immune response to age-related macular degeneration at the Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration. She conducted graduate research at MD Anderson while studying epidemiology, biostatistics & data science at the University of Texas School of Public Health, where she earned both master’s and doctorate degrees.