Daniel Raftery, PhD

Dr. Daniel Raftery PhD
faculty member

Daniel Raftery, PhD

Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Mail Stop: 356-540

Dr. Daniel Raftery is an expert in metabolomics, or the advanced study of metabolism, which focuses on the body’s process of transforming the food we eat into life-sustaining energy and the building blocks of our cells. Cancer cells produce and use energy differently than healthy cells, and their metabolism is altered in other ways as well. Dr. Raftery works to exploit these differences to detect cancer much earlier than traditional methods allow. He does this by identifying small molecules involved in metabolism called metabolites which are altered by cancer. Using state-of-the-art, high-throughput technology, Dr. Raftery and his colleagues detect hundreds or thousands of individual metabolites in a single experiment, such as from a drop of blood, which are then combined into a metabolite profile using machine learning or AI methods. In addition to early cancer detection, metabolite profiling can also be useful for detecting cancer recurrence and for guiding treatment decision making. Dr. Raftery also uses metabolite profiling in studies of diabetes and heart disease as well as nutrition-based disease prevention and aging.

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
University of Washington

Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry
University of Washington


PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

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Dr. Raftery in the News

Fnip1 at the interplay for Polycystic kidney diseases

Science Spotlight - August 20, 2018

Metabolomics expert Raftery joins PHS

Hutch News - March 05, 2012

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