To equitably advance precision medicine at UCSF and beyond by sharing information and fostering connections across dispersed parts of the university; identifying priorities, challenges, and opportunities; and working to advance key precision medicine programs and initiatives.

Robert Hiatt, MD

Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Element Lead: Population Health Discovery
Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Robert A. Hiatt, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and the Director of Population Science and Associate Director of the UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests include cancer epidemiology, especially breast cancer, cancer prevention and screening, health services and outcomes research, the social determinants of cancer, and environmental exposures in early development related to cancer.

Sharat Israni

Executive Director, Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute
Element Lead: Information Commons and Knowledge Network
Computational Health Scienc

Sharat Israni is Executive Director of UCSF’s Institute for Computational Health Sciences, which is building UCSF’s next-gen research computing capability. Previously, he was Executive Director, Data Science, at Stanford Medicine (Dean’s Office). A long-serving Technology executive, Sharat’s teams pioneered the use of “Big Data.” He served as VP of Data at both Yahoo! (1999-2008) and Intuit (2010-13), as these companies pioneered “Big” Data Science to re-invent their products.

Vanessa Jacoby, MD, MAS

Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI); Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research (AVC-CR)
Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences

Dr. Vanessa Jacoby is a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Research, and Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She is a clinical researcher with a focus on improving care for people with uterine fibroids. She has conducted multiple clinical trials of new, minimally invasive treatments for people with fibroids including MR Guided Focused Ultrasound, laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation, and aromatase inhibitors. Dr.

Jennifer James, PhD, MS, MSW

Assoc Professor in Residence
Institute for Health & Aging

Jim Kiriakis, BA

Director, Industry Contracts, Innovation, Technology & Alliances
Vice Chancellor of Research

-Protect and monetize your intellectual property
- Build a collaboration
- Transfer materials and data
- Access to technologies and platforms
- Find partners and Start a company

We are:
- Strategic Alliances
- Technology Management
- Entrepreneurship Center
- Industry Contracts

We prepare and negotiate licensing, collaborative research, clinical trial, confidentiality and material transfer agreements on your behalf. We provide knowledge, networks, resources and support.

Gretchen Kiser, PhD

Director, Research Development Office
Research Development Office

Dr. Gretchen Kiser is a research development professional with a strong foundation in academic research and the biotech industry, as well as 20 years-experience on the administrative side of the research enterprise. She holds a Ph.D.

Anda Kuo, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Children's Precision Medicine

I am a professor in the Department of Pediatrics who is passionate about leveraging the expertise we have at UCSF and in our community to make child health and wellness a reality for all children the Bay Area. To achieve this vision, I helped to establish the cross-bay UCSF Child Health Equity Institute..

Nooshin Navidi Latour, BA, MA

Communications Director, UCSF Precision Medicine | Office for Science Policy and Strategy
UCSF Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute
VC Science Policy & Strategy

Nooshin Navidi Latour heads communications for the Vice Chancellor Office for Science Policy and Strategy, UCSF Bakar Institute for Computational Health Sciences Institute (BCHSI) and UCSF Precision Medicine. She was formerly in charge of communications and marketing at the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) for several years. Previously, Latour was at the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Bay Area Video Coalition, think tank Next 10, The Japan Times, and a couple of early-stage startups.

Susan Lynch, PhD

Director, Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine
Professor of Medicine

Our translational human microbiome research program focuses on gastrointestinal and airway microbiome interactions with host immunity that promote or prevent development/maintenance of chronic inflammatory disease. Taking a "populations to molecules" approach we leverage the microbiome to determine the origins of childhood allergy and asthma and the early life molecular and cellular drivers of immune dysfunction that lead to childhood disease development.

Tippi MacKenzie, MD

Professor of Surgery, Co-director, UCSF Center for Maternal-Fetal Precision Medicine
Program Lead: Women's Precision Medicine

Tippi MacKenzie is a pediatric and fetal surgeon who is focused on developing better ways to diagnose and treat genetic diseases before birth. She leads a translational research lab examining the unique biology between the mother and her fetus, with the idea that pregnancy complications such as preterm labor arise from a breakdown in maternal-fetal tolerance. At present, the MacKenzie group is focused on preterm labor and fetal therapies including stem cell transplantation, enzyme replacement therapy, and gene therapy.

Sharmila Majumdar, PhD

Professor, Radiology
Element Lead: Imaging

Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, is a UCSF Professor and is the Vice Chair for Research and Margaret Hart Surbeck Distinguished Professor in Advanced Imaging in the Departments of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF and Bioengineering at UC Berkeley. She is Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Interest Group at UCSF, an interdisciplinary group consisting of faculty, post-doctoral scholars and students.

Emin Maltepe, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Children's Precision Medicine