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 am currently the Director of Research IT at School of Medicine (SoM) Information Resources and Technology (IRT). This is a newly created division in support of Stanford's Precision Health Strategy. Research IT exists to supply infrastructure, tools, and services used by researchers, patients/participants, and clinicians to collect and combine data to make discoveries and to improve human health and wellness. A major effort of our group will be the creation of a large-scale Data Commons that strives to aggregate, link and provide access to a wide variety of data sets - clinical, imaging, omics, wearable, population health - to propel Big Data driven biomedical research and translation. This will be done in close collaboration with many groups throughout Stanford.
I joined Stanford in Oct 2012 as the Director of Bioinformatics at Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine (SCGPM). My responsibility at the Center was to develop and lead the bioinformatics team and establish a genomics data analysis facility. Currently, SCGPM bioinformatics team is comprised of a dozen scientists and software engineers. 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 at SCGPM 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.
Education & Certifications
PhD, Boston University, MA, USA, Computational Physics (thesis on non-equilibrium statistical mechanics) (2000)
MSc, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (aka Chennai), India, Physics (thesis on stochastic systems) (1994)
BSc, Jadavpur University, Calcutta (aka Kolkata), India, Physics, Math (1992)