Altman, Russ, MD, PhD

Dept Chair, Bioengineering, Stanford University


Russ B. Altman, MD, PhD., serves as an Advisor of 23andMe, Inc.
Dr. Altman is Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine andComputer Science at Stanford University, Associate Director of the Stanford Medical Scientist Training Program and a Board Certified Practitioner of Internal Medicine. He is Chair, Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University. He serves as the Chairman of the Bio-Engineering Department at Stanford University.
Dr. Altman serves as a Member of the MDL Scientific Advisory Board of Elsevier B.V. He has been Member of Scientific Advisory Board at NextBio, Inc. since March 2010. He served as the President and Founding Board Member of the International Society for Computational Biology, an organizer of the annual Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing. Dr. Altman is a recognized thought leader in pharmacogenomics, the study of how human genetic variation impacts drug response.
His academic honors include being named a Stanford Hume Faculty Scholar and receiving both the Annual Young Investigator Award (Western Society of Clinical Investigation) and the American College of Medical Informatics Award, all in 1998. In 2000, he received the Stanford Medical School Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. Beginning with a primary interest in bioinformatics, Dr. Altman is particularly interested in techniques for representing biological knowledge (not just data) for collaborative and automatic scientific computation.
Dr. Altman is working on representing the contents of the scientific literature (particularly with regard to pharmacogenomics and the structure of the bacterial ribosome) to support the development of robust models of biological systems. He is also interested in novel user interfaces to biological data and computational architectures supporting scientific collaboration. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, theAmerican College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He has been the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He won the Stanford Medical School graduate teaching award in 2000 and is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has an A.B. from Harvard College. Dr. Altman holds a Ph.D. from the Stanford Program in Medicine Information Sciences in 1989 and an MD from the Stanford Medical School in 1990.


Listen to an interview with Russ, Joint Summit on Bioinformatics

Training the Next Generation of Bioinformaticians with Russ Altman, Stanford