Events + Announcements

BDS hosts a number of events throughout the year, including workshops, special seminars, social events, and the annual BDS Symposium.

Recent Events

BMIR/DBDS Special Seminar with Bin Yu (UC Berkeley)

Save-the-date for this seminar, co-hosted by Stanford's Center for Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR) and the Department of Biomedical Data Science (DBDS), on the topic of "Veridical Data Science." Mark your calendars for Thursday, February 27th 12-1pm in MSOB x275! Lunch will be provided.

DBDS Scientific Retreat on September 27, 2019

This is an internal BDS community event and retreat, which features breakfast, primary faculty group presentations, a discussion panel on possible career paths for students, a poster session, and a student workshop on building a strong DBDS graduate community. 8:30AM-5:00PM in Stanford Arrillaga Alumni Center. 

Special Seminar with Mark Yandell on December 11, 2018

Dr. Mark Yandell, from the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah, will deliver a talk on “CAE: A Computational Infrastructure for Precision Medicine” at 1:30pm PT in Munzer Auditorium on Stanford campus.

Special Seminar with William H. Janeway on October 10, 2018

Dr Janeway, Senior Advisor and Managing Director of Warburg Pincus, will be presenting a talk entitled “Doing Capitalism: As illustrated by the Founding of Life Technologies and Resolution of the BioTech Paradox” at 2:30pm in LKSC 101/102 (first floor).

BDS Symposium on September 13, 2018

This is an internal BDS community event and retreat, the first of its kind, which features breakfast, faculty presentations, a faculty strategy meeting, a student poster session, and an evening reception. 8:00AM-5:30PM in Alway M114

Community Announcements

Lu Tian receives new NIH award

February 15, 2020. DBDS faculty member Dr. Lu Tian has received an award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project, entitled "Precision Medicine by Harmonizing Real World Evidence and RCT Data." This award will be active from February 15, 2020 to January 31, 2021. 

Ying Lu appointed 2020 WNAR President starting January 1st

December 17, 2019. Ying Lu, Professor of Biomedical Data Science, will assume the role of the 2020 WNAR President on January 1, 2020. He was elected as the President Elect in 2019, and will serve as the Past President in 2021. Founded in 1948, WNAR stands for the Western North American Region of the International Biomedical Society, an international professional and academic society promoting the development and application of statistical and mathematical theory and methods in biosciences. WNAR is one of the 5 founding professional societies of statisticians in the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS). Its 2020 annual conference will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, from June 14th-17th. Professor Lu hopes that Stanford students will join the student paper competition, which is one of the WNAR’s most popular activities. 

Trevor Hastie Awarded Sigillum Magnum Award from the University of Bologna

September 20, 2019. DBDS Primary Faculty member Trevor Hastie received the Sigillum Magnum, the highest award from the University of Bologna. U. Bologna was founded in 1088, and is the oldest in Europe. The ceremony took place in a beautiful old church, and the award was given by the “Rectore Magnifico,” the rector of the University. Also pictured is Head of Statistics at U. Bologna, Professor Angela Montanari. 

Daniel Rubin and Rubin Lab Awarded Two New NIH Grants

The first grant is a U24 under NCI’s Oncology Co-Clinical Imaging Research Resources to Encourage Consensus on Quantitative Imaging Methods and Precision Medicine, which is a relatively new network of sites developing innovative methods to enable co-clinical (animal/human) trials. The grant is entitled “Integrating omics and quantitative imaging data in co-clinical trials to predict treatment response in triple negative breast cancer.” The ePAD technology ( that the Rubin lab has been developing is central to this grant, bringing quantitative image analysis methods to small animal imaging and unifying quantitative assessment of cancer on images in both animal and human studies to catalyze research in the co-clinical trials paradigm. It is strategic that Stanford will become part of this newly emerging network.

The second grant is a U01 under NCI’s Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (ITCR) program. The grant, entitled “Distributed computation of predictive models for precision medicine in cancer,” will focus on developing methods and tools for training AI models relevant to cancer through federated computational methods that do not require any data sharing and that will propel multi-institutional collaborations for creating more robust AI models. The ITRC program is a very large network of centers developing enabling data science technologies to advance cancer discovery, and Stanford’s involvement in this network will permit it to have a voice in developing emerging standardized approaches to data analysis in cancer problems.

Khaled Kamal Saab Awarded  2019 Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF)!

May 16, 2019. Congratulations to Khaled Kamal Saab, a Graduate Student in Electrical Engineering and Daniel Rubin's Lab on Stanford campus. He is one of thirty-two students selected from a highly competitive pool. This fellowship is one of the greatest honors Stanford gives to a doctoral student pursuing interdisciplinary research. This is one of three SIGF fellowships that are affiliated with the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute.