Katie Pollard, PhD is the Director of the Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UC San Francisco, Director of the Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program at UC San Francisco, and an Investigator, Chan Zuckerberg Biohub.
Katie Pollard earned her BA at Pomona College and her master’s degree and PhD in biostatistics from UC Berkeley. At Berkeley, she developed computationally intensive statistical methods for the analysis of microarray data with applications in cancer biology. She implemented these approaches in Bioconductor, an open-source software program used with high-throughput genomic data. As a comparative genomics postdoctoral fellow at UC Santa Cruz, Pollard participated in the Chimpanzee Genome Project and used this sequence to identify the fastest-evolving regions in the human genome, known as Human Accelerated Regions.
Before joining Gladstone, Pollard was an assistant professor in the Genome Center and Department of Statistics at UC Davis. She was awarded the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship in 1995 and the Sloan Research Fellowship in 2008. Pollard is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator. In 2018, she became the founding director of the Gladstone Institute of Biotechnology and Data Science. Pollard is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics, the American Statistical Association, and the International Society for Computational Biology.