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The Team

Russ Altman Teri Klein Michelle Whirl-Carrillo
Li Gong Katrin Sangkuhl Caroline F. Thorn
Julia Barbarino Alison Fohner Lester Carter
Mark Woon Ryan Whaley Matthieu Devlin
Tiffany Murray Cindy Paulazzo
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Russ B. Altman, MD, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Altman is Professor and Chair of Bioengineering, Professor of Genetics, Medicine, and (by courtesy) Computer Science, and is the Co-Principal Investigator of the PharmGKB. Dr. Altman has led the PharmGKB since its inception in April 2000. His research interests are in the application of computing technology to basic molecular biological problems of relevance to medicine. He is interested in developing techniques for knowledge-based scientific computation, including novel representations of biological data, particularly for pharmacogenomics. Russ holds an MD from Stanford Medical School, a PhD in medical information sciences from Stanford, and an AB from Harvard College, and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Russ Altman is a founder and stockholder for Personalis Inc and a paid advisor for Pfizer and Karius.

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Teri E. Klein, PhD
Director & Co-Principal Investigator, PharmGKB

Dr. Klein is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Genetics and the Director/Co-Principal Investigator for the PharmGKB. She was recruited from the University of California, San Francisco faculty and has been the Director of the PharmGKB since it began in April 2000. Teri received her PhD in medical information sciences from the University of California, San Francisco and a BA in biology/chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to becoming the director of the PharmGKB in 2000, Dr. Klein was an Associate Adjunct Professor at UCSF.

Teri Klein is a paid scientific advisor to the Rxight™ Pharmacogenetic Program.

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Michelle Whirl-Carrillo, PhD
Associate Director, PharmGKB

Dr. Whirl-Carrillo is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Genetics and the Associate Director of the PharmGKB. She joined the PharmGKB as the project's first Scientific Curator in 2002 after finishing her doctoral work. She briefly left PharmGKB to join the DTC genotyping start-up 23andMe, and returned to the PharmGKB in 2009 as the Associate Director. Michelle received her PhD in Biophysics from Stanford University and her SB in Biology from MIT.

Michelle Whirl-Carrillo is a paid scientific advisor to the Rxight™ Pharmacogenetic Program.

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Tiffany Murray, BA
Administrative Associate/Outreach Coordinator

Tiffany coordinates the activities for the the PharmGKB co-PIs and Associate Director and is responsible for communications involving consortia, data licensing, and content use. She has a BA from the University of California at San Diego.

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Katrin Sangkuhl, PhD
Scientific Curator

Katrin is a Scientific Curator in the Department of Genetics and has been working for the Pharmacogenomics Knowledgebase (PharmGKB) since 2008. Before joining the PharmGKB team, Katrin was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Reproductive Biology & Program for Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from the University Leipzig, Germany working in the field of GPCRs and signal transduction. Katrin is a co-chair of the Association for Woman In Science mentoring program at the Stanford University.

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Li Gong, PhD
Scientific Curator

Li is a research scientist in the Department of Genetics and a Scientific Curator with PharmGKB. She joined PharmGKB in 2007. Prior to this, Li worked as a senior scientist at Iconix Biosciences Inc. working on microarray data analysis, biomarker discovery and curation for the development of DrugMatrixR toxicogenomics database. She holds a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Tufts University School of Medicine, and a BS in Microbiology from Beijing University, P.R. China.

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Ryan Whaley, BS
Co-Technical Lead

Ryan is a software developer in the Department of Genetics and a co-technical lead of the PharmGKB. He is a Java developer with a background in database administration and project management and has been with the PharmGKB since 2007. Ryan received his BS in Computer Science and Mathematics at the University of Iowa and then went on to become the database administrator and senior software developer for the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics.

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Mark Woon, BSE
Co-Technical Lead

Mark is the co-technical lead at PharmGKB and has been with PharmGKB since 2001. He received his BSE in computer science from Princeton University. Prior to working on the PharmGKB project, Mark worked for Sun Microsystems and Netscape Communications.

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Julia Barbarino, MSc
Scientific Curator

Julia is a Scientific Curator at PharmGKB having completed an MSc in Medical Molecular Genetics at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Julia's research focused on epigenetics and human longevity. In addition to her master's degree, she also holds a BS in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Alison Fohner, PhD
Scientific Curator

Alison joined PharmGKB as a Scientific Curator in 2015. She received her PhD in Public Health Genetics from the University of Washington, where she studied pharmacogenetics in underserved populations. She also holds a BS and MS in Biology from Stanford University.

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Lester Carter, PhD
Data Wrangler

Lester joined PharmGKB as a Data Wrangler in 2015. He was part of the Bioinformatics team at Ambry Genetics prior to this, where he specialized in variant assessment and NGS pipeline automation. He received a B.Sc (Hons) in Anatomical Sciences from the University of Dundee, a Diploma in Computer Science from Cambridge University, and Ph.D. in Structural Genomics from Oxford University.

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Caroline F. Thorn, PhD
Scientific Curator

Caroline has been a Scientific Curator since 2003, when she first joined the PharmGKB. She took two hiatuses when her children were born and spent a brief time as a Senior Program Administrator for the American Association for Cancer Research and returned to the PharmGKB in 2015. She has a PhD in Genetics from Trinity College University of Dublin, BSc Hons in Biochemistry from University of Bath UK and did postdoctoral training at University of Pennsylvania in Pharmacology and pharmacogenomics. She has been a lecturer on the University of Pennsylvania Topics in Pharmacogenomics course since 2010 and one of her favorite PGx memories is teaching on the Stanford South Africa course.

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Matthieu Devlin
Software Developer

Matt joined PharmGKB in 2015 as a software developer. He holds a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Oxford and a BSc in Mathematics from the University of St Andrews.

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Cindy Paulazzo
Administrative Associate

Ms. Paulazzo is the PharmGKB Consortia Coordinator. She assists the PharmGKB Outreach Coordinator with managing consortia relationships and activities.