Biomedical Data Science Leadership

Dr. Sylvia K. Plevritis, Chair

Dr. Plevritis is Professor and Chair in the Department of Biomedical Data Science and holds an appointment in the Department of Radiology in the Stanford School of Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (Stanford, 1992) with concentration on MRI spectroscopic imaging of tumors. She has also earned an M.S. in Health Services Research (Stanford, 1996), with concentration on the evaluation of cancer screening programs for reducing cancer mortality.  Dr. Plevritis serves as the Director of the Stanford Center for Cancer Systems Biology (CCSB) and Director of the Cancer Systems Biology Scholars (CSBS) Program.  She has served as the co-section chief of Integrative Biomedical Imaging Informatics at Stanford from 2008-2019.

Outside Stanford, she serves on the scientific advisory board of the National Cancer Institute and is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and a distinguished investigator with the Academy of Radiology Research. Dr. Plevritis leads a systems biology cancer research program that bridges genomics, biocomputation, imaging and population sciences to discover basic properties of cancer progression and translate these findings toward improvements in early detection and treatment response.

Martha Kessler, Interim Director of Finance and Administration

Ms. Kessler has 20 years experience directing organizational finances, staffing and administration at Stanford University. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Finance and Administration for the Department of Health Research and Policy, Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Shared Services Consortium and the Department of Structural Biology. She received the Marsh O'Neill Research Award in 2015 for participating in the perfect NIH score on the Clinical Translational Science Award. She also is the Stanford coordinator for pet-assisted therapy for pet visits to de-stress students, staff and faculty events around campus.

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