CSB Seminar - Dr. Katherine S. Pollard
Please join us for the upcoming CSB Seminar, Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. ‐ noon in ND11.218. A meet-the-speaker lunch will follow each seminar in the ND11 atrium.
Katherine S. Pollard, Ph.D.
Monday, Jan 8, 11 a.m.
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Dr. Katherine S. Pollard is Director and Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes and Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Institute for Human Genetics, and Institute for Computational Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Previously, Dr. Pollard was an assistant professor in the University of California, Davis Genome Center and Department of Statistics. Dr. Pollard earned her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley and was a comparative genomics postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 1995 and the Sloan Research Fellowship in 2008. She is a member of the California Academy of Sciences and a Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator.
The Pollard lab develops bioinformatics methods for comparative analysis of massive biological datasets, with a focus on genomics and other transformative technologies. The lab’s mission is to enable statistically rigorous, quantitative comparisons across species, developmental stages, and conditions. A major emphasis is creating open source bioinformatics software. Pollard and her team developed industry standard tools for gene expression analysis, detecting evolutionary conservation and acceleration, and quantifying abundances of microbial genes from metagenomes.