I am a physicist by training and a biotechnologist by profession. I believe that with the explosion of data in healthcare and with new methods to analyze such large amounts of data, we will see massive changes in how human diseases are addressed via novel drugs, large scale genomics, wearable sensors, and software to tie it all together. I want to drive part of this revolution.
Prior to joining Stanford in 2012, I spent a dozen years at various biotechs in the Bay Area.This includes experiences as technology lead at Life Technologies (now Thermo Fisher) and founding team member of Verseon, a drug discovery company. Along the way, I have had fantastic opportunities to work alongside some of the smartest people in the field, learn from some of the most brilliant minds of our times, solve some fundamental technological problems, and delivered business impact.
Current Role at Stanford
I joined Stanford in Oct 2012 as the Director of Bioinformatics at Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine (SCGPM). My role at the Center is to develop and lead the bioinformatics team and establish a world class omics and biomedical data analysis facility.
Our bioinformatics team is comprised of a dozen scientists and software engineers. Together the team has a wide range of skill sets including various omics, computational biology, machine learning, software engineering, data management, Databases, Visualization, High Performance Computing, IT, and Cloud DevOps. The team is currently supporting several large scale research and clinical programs at Stanford including prestigious consortium efforts and inter-disciplinary collaborations.
Among our various efforts is Genetics Bioinformatics Service Center, a Big Data Biomedical and Bioinformatics Core Facility, created in 2013 to streamline the availability of infrastructure to the wider biomedical community at Stanford and our research affiliates. The Core facility provides best-in-class high performance computational systems, scalable Cloud computing and cutting edge bioinformatics services for the Stanford community. The core operates under Department of Genetics and is overseen by Office of Dean. The services are NIH dbGaP and SoM security requirements compliant. We also provide a comprehensive analytical stack with over 400 applications installed centrally on the cluster for ease of use by researchers. Currently the Core supports over 75 labs and 750 researchers.
Education & Certifications
PhD, Boston University, MA, USA, Statistical and Computational Physics (2000)
MSc, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (aka Chennai), India, Physics (1994)