External Engagement Program

The Department of Biomedical Data Science's new External Engagement Program supports connections between outside organizations and our faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.  

We welcome companies, nonprofits and government entities to join our growing eco-system focused on collaboration to advance precision health by leveraging complex real-world data through development of novel analytical methodologies. 

Members of our External Engagement Program will have opportunities to engage in talent recruitment, flagship projects, diversity initiatives and more.

Member Benefits:

Education Affiliate Members

Annual membership: $40,000 

Benefits: Thought-leadership, research insights, connections with students/faculty for recruiting and potential research partners

Include Annually:

  • Networking and Recruiting Forum: with DBDS faculty, students, postdocs
  • Symposium on broad research areas: with student posters, faculty talks, panels
  • Potential Speaking Opportunities in classes and/or workshops; connect with students informally  
  • Faculty Liaison to connect with 60+ affiliated DBDS/BMI faculty 
  • PDF resume book with over 100 DBDS graduate students

Funding Supports: curriculum development, programs connecting external partners, faculty and students, and student travel to technical conferences.

Center of Excellence Members*  

The intent is to establish several Centers of Excellence around key research areas in the coming year.
Annual Membership: $275K/year membership in a specific center

Inaugural Center: Precision Health with Pharmacogenomics (PGX)

Mission: To develop a nationally recognized Center for pharmacogenomics research and best practices in the implementation of clinical pharmacogenomics. The Center will include development of tools to leverage the knowledge in the Stanford Pharmacogenomics Knowledgebase (PharmGKB), create translational tools for clinical report generation, and a mobile application on pharmacogenomics knowledge to be used by both providers and patients.

Benefits: All of the above, plus:

  • Regular updates on the progress of scientific developments in pharmacogenomics, and development in innovative software solutions and mobile applications  
  • Touchpoints with key faculty and other Center members   
  • Invitations to relevant seminars
  • Opportunities for visiting scholars   
  • Consultation on how to best leverage and implement pharmacogenomics and the pharmacogenomics knowledgebase; opportunities to collaborate on new tool and knowledge development   
  • Facilitated engagement with research    
  • DBDS External Partner Advisory Council

Strategic Partnerships

For additional opportunities to collaborate around fellowships, sponsored research and more, please contact Karen Matthys. Funding will be based on the nature of the collaboration. 

Member Organizations

Just launched...more details to come.

Other Information

All memberships are subject to Stanford University Policies for Industry Affiliates Programs. Please see the Stanford Research Policy Handbook for details. Information on the Stanford University visiting scholar program can be found here

The Center for Precision Health with Pharmocogenomics will use and develop open-source software, and it is the intention of the Center that any software will be released under an open source model.

* Companies may provide additional funding and all research results arising from the use of the additional funding will be shared with all program members and the general public.  A Program Member may request the additional funding be used to support a particular area of program research identified on the program’s website, or the program research of a named faculty member, as long as the faculty is identified on the program website as participating in the Program. In either instance, the director of the Affiliate Program will determine how the additional funding will be used in the program’s research.


DBDS on Diversity

We are committed to our historical and ongoing mission to use biomedical data science to improve human health. A cornerstone of this mission is diversity, reflected in embracing a breadth of complementary research interests, research styles, and a diverse and inclusive community. DBDS recognizes that we have significant work to do in shaping our future as we work towards achieving justice, equity, diversity and inclusion throughout our work and operations, our research and activities, and our professional relationships and partnerships.

Stanford's Land Acknowledgment Statement

Stanford sits on the ancestral land of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe. This land was and continues to be of great importance to the Ohlone people. Consistent with our values of community and inclusion, we have a responsibility to acknowledge, honor, and make visible the University’s relationship to Native peoples.

This acknowledgment has been developed in collaboration with the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.