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Marta Gaia Zanchi
Adjunct Professor, Surgery
Bio II am the creator and lead director of "Biodesign for Mobile Health" since 2012. This experiential, multidisciplinary, project-oriented course has been named by Stanford's Bioengineering "one of the flagship courses of our Department" and has trained over 200 students in a needs-driven process of mobile health technology innovation. The course is offered by the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign, where I am working with the leadership group under the direct supervision of Paul Yock, MD, Founder and Director of Stanford Biodesign.
With Stanford Biodesign, I am co-leading Biodesign NEXT, an extension funding program designed to recognize the most promising projects by teams of students from select Biodesign courses through additional mentoring and funds to help advance the ideas towards improving health outcomes. I am also a member of Biodesign's Undergraduate Committee and a mentor to Biodesign Fellows and students from all corners of campus who share a passion for health technology innovation. I am motivated to help advance Stanford School of Medicine's work by faculty and students around Digital Health to foster quality research and facilitate the translation of research ideas into medical practice, industry-specific needs and meaningful health outcomes.
At Stanford, I also have the pleasure to advise on the board of SHIFT, a student initiative aiming to promote and cultivate health innovation on campus by creating a forum for developers, entrepreneurs, and pre-health students to collaborate. A motivated leadership team envisions the group as a platform that connects and empowers students with resources and opportunities to innovate in healthcare. SHIFT fulfills its mission through open roundtable discussions, the TreeHacks Health hackathon and a fellowship program that pairs students as health++ fellows with early-stage companies or faculty-sponsored projects.
When I am not at Stanford, you'll find me consulting, advising or otherwise engaging with and learning from the startup community of Silicon Valley. I am an equity partner at Data Collective VC, managing director and consultant at Medinnovo LLC, and advisory board member of privately-held companies.
Marta Gaia Zanchi
c/o Stanford Biodesign
318 Campus Drive, Room E100
Stanford, CA 93405-5428
"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn."
— Benjamin Franklin
Christopher K. Zarins
Walter Clifford Chidester and Elsa Rooney Chidester Professor of Surgery, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Hemodynamic factors in atherosclerosis, pathogenesis of, aortic aneurysms, carotid plaque localization and complication, anastomotic intimal hyperplasia, vascular biology of artery wall, computational fluid dynamics as applied to blood flow and vascular disease.