Faculty and Advisory Board

Learn from bioinformatics experts.

Whether spearheading genetics research at leading pharmaceutical companies or designing biological models, our faculty and advisory board members represent the best and brightest of the bioinformatics field. They structure a curriculum that draws on real-world expertise and connections that ultimately help you advance your career goals.

Meet Our Featured Faculty

Alan Cheng
Program Chair of Bioinformatics
Senior Director, Merck & Co.
Pronouns: he/him/his

Alan Cheng, PhD, is a Director of Chemistry, Modeling, and Informatics at Merck Research Labs in South San Francisco, where he works on the discovery of new medicines for cardiacmetabolic diseases and oncology. His research interests include computer-aided drug design and biological sequence-structure relationships. He received a PhD from the University of California, San Francisco, and undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.

Richard Allen
Program: Bioinformatics
Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer, Inc.

Richard Allen, PhD, is a Senior Principal Scientist at Pfizer, Inc. in Cambridge, MA. At Pfizer, he works to apply mathematical and quantitative techniques to address critical uncertainties in the drug discovery and development process. His research interests include: systems modeling of physiology, generation and application of virtual patients and populations, and reduction of mechanistic models. Prior to joining Pfizer, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Noth Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received his PhD from University of College London and an undergraduate degree from the University of Durham, UK.

Karol Estrada
Program: Bioinformatics
Director of Statistical Genetics, BioMarin Pharmaceuticals
Pronouns: he/him/his

Karol Estrada, PhD, is a strategic, enterprising and accomplished Human Genomics Executive respected for 15+ years of experience as a leader in human genetics with a focus on integrating genomic knowledge to discover, validate and improve drug targets. He is the Director of Statistical Genetics at the Human Genetics department in BioMarin Pharmaceuticals. He is an internally recognized researcher in the field of human genetics with over 60 publications in high impact factor journals.

Before joining BioMarin, he held increasing levels of responsibility roles at Biogen. He has served on several international consortia focused on the design and conduct of large genetics studies for a range of human traits and diseases.

Dr. Estrada’s teaching in the Master of Science in Bioinformatics focuses on the use of modern approaches for the study of human genetics, including statistical genetics and genetic epidemiology.

Timothy Song
Program: Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics Engineer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Timothy Song, MS, is a bioinformatics engineer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He works on creating tools for the cancer informatics pipeline and aiding oncologists in their research. His prior work includes analyzing Influenza viral diversity in human populations from next generation sequencing data.

Meet Our Advisory Board

Alyssa Antonopoulos
Program: Bioinformatics
Vice President of Product Development, Precision Medicine, Health Catalyst
George Bell
Program: Bioinformatics
Director, Bioinformatics and Research Computing, Whitehead Institute
Enoch Huang
Program: Bioinformatics
Vice President, Machine Learning and Computational Sciences, Pfizer
Dennis Kallelis
Program: Bioinformatics
Chief Security Officer, IDEMIA
Kira Misura
Program: Bioinformatics
Chief Technology Officer, Salish Bioscience Inc.
Dagmar Ringe
Program: Bioinformatics
Professor Emeritus, Brandeis University