PSB 2019 Keynotes

Russ Altman
Russ B. Altman, MD, PhD
  • Kenneth Fong Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine, Biomedical Data Science and (by courtesy) Computer Science
  • Stanford University

Informatics to understand and predict drug action

Abstract coming soon.


Russ Biagio Altman is a professor of bioengineering, genetics, medicine, and biomedical data science (and of computer science, by courtesy) and past chairman of the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University. His primary research interests are in the application of computing and informatics technologies to problems relevant to medicine. He is particularly interested in methods for understanding drug action at molecular, cellular, organism and population levels. His lab studies how human genetic variation impacts drug response (e.g., Other work focuses on the analysis of biological molecules to understand the actions, interactions and adverse events of drugs (e.g., He helps lead an FDA-supported Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science & Innovation.

Dr. Altman holds an AB from Harvard College, and an MD from Stanford Medical School, and a PhD in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford. He received the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine, IOM). He is a past-president, founding board member, and a fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), and a past-president of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT). He has chaired the Science Board advising the FDA commissioner, currently serves on the NIH Director’s Advisory Committee, and is cochair of the IOM Drug Forum. He is an organizer of the annual Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, and a founder of Personalis, Inc. Dr. Altman is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Clinical Informatics. He received the Stanford Medical School graduate teaching award in 2000 and mentorship award in 2014.

Lawrence Hunter
Lawrence Hunter, PhD
  • Director, Computational Bioscience Program
  • Professor, Pharmacology (School of Medicine) and Computer Science (Boulder)
  • University of Colorado

Title and abstract coming soon.


Dr. Lawrence Hunter is the Director of the University of Colorado's Computational Bioscience Program and a Professor of Pharmacology (School of Medicine) and Computer Science (Boulder). Dr. Hunter is widely recognized as one of the founders of bioinformatics. Dr. Hunter's research interests span a wide range of areas, from cognitive science to rational drug design. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, holds two patents, and has been elected a fellow of both the International Society for Computational Biology and the American College of Medical Informatics. He has a longstanding interest in ethical issues in science and technology. A 1984 publication of his on privacy was recently cited in the national press as accurately having predicted some of the problems with Facebook and other social media. He created an ethics curriculum for biomedical informatics graduate education which was described in a recent review article as the first (and one of the few) of its kind. He has lectured widely to academic and corporate audiences on ethics in data science and in medical applications of artificial intelligence. His work in the area is both theoretical and more practical: In conjunction with Tribal College Consortium on Genomics Education, he was recently awarded an NIH grant to develop genomics and data science research experiences for Native Americans.