Dr. Carlos D. Bustamante, Chair

Carlos Bustamante is a population geneticist whose research focuses on analyzing genome wide patterns of variation within and between species to address fundamental questions in biology, anthropology, and medicine.  From 2002-2009, he was on the faculty at Cornell University, in the Departments of Statistical Sciences and Biology Statistics and Computational Biology, where he was promoted to full professor in 2008. Since 2010, he has been on the faculty in the Department of Genetics at the Stanford University School of Medicine.  

He has received multiple honors and awards including a Marshall-Sherfield Fellowship (2001-2), the Sloan Research Fellowship (2007), and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship (2010).  He has trained over 50 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students as primary advisor and co-authored over 130 papers. Much of his research is located at the interface of computational biology, mathematical genetics, and evolutionary genomics.  

His most current research focuses on human population genomics and global health including developing statistical, computational, and genomic resources for enabling trans- and multi-ethnic genome-wide association and medical sequencing studies of complex biomedical traits. He is one of the Principal Investigators of the recently announced $25M ClinGen project to build the country's National Database of Clinically Relevant  Genomic Variants.  

He has advised multiple companies, non-profits, and government bodies in the past including Mars, Inc., Ancestry.com, Personalis, Inc., the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the Carlos Slim Foundation.

Dr. Philip Lavori, Vice Chair

Dr. Lavori is Professor of Health, Research and Policy and, by courtesy, Statistics at Stanford. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Health Research and Policy, Co-Director of Spectrum, Director of Spectrum's Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Study Design Program, and Director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource at Stanford's Comprehensive Cancer Center.  

Dr. Lavori's current research focus is in biostatistics, clinical trials, longitudinal studies, casual inference from observational studies, genetic tissue banking, and informed consent. His trial designs are geared towards dynamic (adaptive) treatment regimes, psychiatric research and cancer.

He is the 2011 winner of the Harvard Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics, given by the Harvard School of Public Health.  He is also the 2002-2004 recipient of the Department of Veterans Affairs Research and Development Office's Leadership Award. 

Christine Scholberg, Director of Finance Administration

Christine Scholberg has worked at Stanford since 1986, most of those years in leadership positions in the School of Medicine.  For the past 16 years, she has managed finance and administration for the Stanford Prevention Research Center and, in addition, took over leadership of Biomedical Informatics Research in 2009.  

Christine’s many years of experience and skilled leadership are valuable assets to the launch of this new Department.