Yulin Chien

Software Developer

Yulin is a software developer in the Data Coordinating Center, with over 10 years of programming experience. She studied user interface graphic design in Columbus, Ohio and then obtained her Master's degree in Multimedia Computing from San Jose State University. Her expertise is in graphical user interfaces and web front-end application development. Prior to joining Stanford, she worked as a senior software developer at Monster Worldwide, Inc. and as a lead software developer at eBay, where she developed many key features and established new web domains using prominent web development technologies. She is happy to leverage her expertise in open source development and contribute to the success of research projects in the Stanford School of Medicine.


Bonnie Chung

Computing Information System Analyst

Bonnie joined the Department of Health Research and Policy (HRP) in November 1989.  When she first came to Stanford, she was primarily working for a group of physicians, biostatisticians and statisticians. Since the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) was formed in 2002, she has focused on DCC finances and project management. She also handles HRP website development and maintenance.  

Solomon Henry

Data Integration Architect

Solomon joined Stanford University School of Medicine as a Systems Software Developer in March 2002. Since then, he has been involved in developing various research databases including the Stanford Cancer Institute Research Database, the Bone Marrow Transplant database, the Lymphoma Program Project database and the Reynolds cardiovascular database. Solomon received his MS in Computer Science from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) in Pilani, India and his BS in Computer Science and Engineering from Madurai Kamaraj University, India. Prior to joining Stanford University School of Medicine, Solomon worked for TIBCO and Tata Unisys Technology.

Monica James

Research Manager

Since 2007, Monica has worked with increasing responsibility on research administration in Stanford’s Psychiatry, Genetics and Pediatrics Departments. She holds an AAS in Accounting and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. She joined the Department of Biomedical Data Science in March 2016. As Research Manager, she works closely with DBDS’s PI’s, staff members, RMG and OSR.

Katie Kanagawa

Communications and PR Manager

Since joining the Stanford community in Spring 2014, Katie has been managing the communications and outreach programs for Stanford’s Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics (CEHG). She received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2009 and worked as a lecturer and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Women and Gender Studies at San Francisco State University until 2012. From 2012-2014, she worked on the Communications team of San Francisco-based nonprofit organization, Breast Cancer Action, and managed the social media campaigns for California non-profits, Media Watch and the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media. 

Alex McMillan

Senior Research Scientist, Basic Life Sciences

Alex received a M.Sc. in Statistics from McGill University and worked on population estimates at Statistics Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford and served with the UCSF Cancer Center, where he advised on the design and analysis of pre-clinical, clinical and epidemiological studies as well as reviewed clinical protocols. Since joining Stanford in 2005, he has worked in the same capacity at Stanford for the School of Medicine, advising on cancer and non-cancer projects. He has served as a statistical mentor with the Intensive Course in Clinical Research since the inception of ICCR at Stanford. Requests for advice from outside DBDS are best channeled through 

Balasubramanian Narasimhan

Senior Research Scientist

Director, Data Coordinating Center

Naras studied mathematics at Loyola College in Madras and applied mathematics at P.S.G. College of Technology in Coimbatore. He obtained his doctorate in Statistics from Florida State University, where he was advised by George Marsaglia. He taught at the University of Minnesota, Morris and Penn State University, Erie before moving to Stanford, where he holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Statistics and Biomedical Data Sciences. His research areas include computational statistics and biostatistics, clinical trial design and inference and statistical software. He is also the director of the Data Coordinating Center, a core shared resource in the School of Medicine.

Maria Nichols

Research Administrator

A native of Hawaii, Maria Nichols received her Master in Business Administration degree in Finance from Hawaii Pacific University in 2004. In 2015, she joined the School of  Medicine's Research Management Group (RMG) as an Associate. In this role, she was responsible for a distinct portion of the pre- and post-award grant and contract administrations activities. She worked closely with an assigned set of Research Process Managers (RPM) to support the sponsored projects research administration process from beginning to end.

Maria's move to the Department of Biomedical Data Science brings this research administration experience to us locally and allows her to pursue expertise in the post-award financial management. In her spare time, Maria seeks adventure in the outdoors and hikes California’s beautiful trails. She also enjoys a good happy hour with friends, the sounds of great music playlists, and spending time with family.

Pornprang Plangsrisakul

Administrative Associate

Pornprang has been working in the administrative field for 10 years. She received her M.A. in Communication from Washington State University in 2000 and, from 2003-2007, worked as an Instructor in the Department of Communication Arts at Assumption University of Thailand (the country’s first international university). She joined Stanford’s Department of Medicine in 2008 and the Department of Biomedical Data Science in April 2016. She enjoys the privilege of being a Stanford staff member, working with smart and wonderful people. She also loves cooking, sightseeing and hiking. 

Laurel Stell

Engineering Research Associate

Laurel started working at Stanford in 2013 as a biostatistician in Chiara Sabatti's group. She has worked primarily on developing statistical methods to illuminate the relationship between genotype and phenotype, and she has also collaborated with Stanford Health Care physicians researching disease biomarkers and biological pathways. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University in 1993. She worked in several fields, including air traffic management and submarine tracking, applying a wide variety of mathematical techniques and computer languages to data analysis and modeling.  Eventually, she decided to become more rigorous in these pursuits and received an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University in 2014.


John S. Tamaresis


Dr. Tamaresis joined Stanford University's School of Medicine in Summer 2012. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Davis and received an M.S. in Statistics from California State University, East Bay. He has conducted research in computational biology as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Merced and also as a biostatistician at the University of California, San Francisco. As a statistician, Dr. Tamaresis has developed and validated a highly accurate statistical biomarker classifier for gynecologic disease by applying multivariate techniques to a large genomic data set. As an applied mathematician, Dr. Tamaresis has created computational biology models and devised numerical methods for their solution. 

Elaine Wilhelm

Faculty Affairs Coordinator

Elaine holds a BA from Stanford and an MBA from Northwestern. She held a number of marketing positions after graduation and then left the workforce to manage her family. Recently, Elaine returned to Stanford and worked on supporting conferences and events. In January 2016, she joined DBDS to manage the department's academic affairs. She is enjoying the fast pace and growth in the newly formed Department of Biomedical Data Science.

Douglas Wood

Senior Software Developer

Douglas has been a team member of the Data Coordinating Center in the School of Medicine since 2005. He has developed several clinical data-focused web applications including the Stanford Cancer Institute Research Database, the Bone Marrow Transplant database and the Lymphoma Program database. He specializes in translating clinical research requirements to and from databases. Prior to Stanford, he was a Software Developer for Sun Microsystems Professional Services, Chemdex/SpecialtyMD and Axys Pharmaceuticals/Sequana Therapeutics. He has an MS from UC San Diego's Department of Bioengineering in the area of Osteoblast Adhesion to Biomaterials and a BS from San Jose State University's Department of Materials Science & Engineering.