SOMALEE DATTA

Ph.D., Director of Bioinformatics, Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine

As Director of Bioinformatics at Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Somalee is currently developing Stanford's capabilities in genomics driven healthcare, both in research and clinical domains. She is passionate about improving human health, has a broad background in scientific computing, and a deep background in computational biology and bioinformatics. Early on in her career, she was founding team member of a now successful biotech where she co-developed a computational platform for drug design, and led the first discovery program. At Stanford, her team is responsible for bioinformatics for several large scale collaborative projects that generate petabyte scale data. These projects include Stanford Clinical Genomics Service, ENCODE, VA’s Million Veteran Program, Stanford Sequencing Core, and CIRM’s Center for Excellence in Stem Cell Genomics.

 

Session: Genome: Silos, Hacking Privacy, Collaboration

DNA data is a biometric and hence in theory identifiable even if made “anonymous”. As sequencing costs continue to drop, DNA banks and genomic data silos continue to build up rapidly. Would it accelerate human betterment if we were to build a collaborative genomic analysis platform that protects patient privacy, allows researchers to bring best of breed analysis methods, and provides easy-to-administer access and risk management protocols? Is this a moon shot?

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