Dr. White graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a joint BS-MS degree in biology in 1993. He completed his PhD in developmental biology at Stanford University in 1998, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in biochemistry and genomics at the Stanford Genome Technology Center. In 2001, he joined the faculty at Yale University as an Assistant Professor of Genetics, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003.
He was named an NIH Genome Scholar in 2000, a W.M. Keck Distinguished Young Investigator in Medical Sciences in 2003, an Arnold and Mabel Beckman Young Investigator in 2004, a Pritzker Fellow in 2006, and James and Karen Frank Family Professor in 2006. In 2004, he was elected chairman of the Gordon Conference on Genomics, and in 2005, vice-chairman of the Gordon Conference on Hormone Action in Development and Cancer.