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Daphne Koller, Founder & CEO of Insitro in a Fireside Chat with Carlos Bustamante
Daphne Koller is the Founder and CEO of insitro which is leveraging cutting-edge machine learning techniques to aid in the drug discovery and development process. Daphne co-founded Coursera, the world’s largest online education platform. She has served as the company’s Co-CEO and President and remains on the Coursera Board. Previously she served as the Chief Computing Officer at Calico Labs, an Alphabet (Google) company that is using advanced technology to understand aging and design interventions that help people lead longer, healthier lives. Dr. Koller's expertise spans the areas of machine learning, statistical modeling, computational biology, and computational medicine. As the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, she was the first machine learning professor at Stanford and served on the faculty for 18 years. She is the author of over 200 refereed publications appearing in diverse venues such as NIPS, ICML, Science, Cell, and Nature Genetics, and has an h-index of over 120. She has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2012 and is the recipient of many awards, including Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and the ACM Prize in Computing. She has been inducted into the US National Academy of Engineering and elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the International Society of Computational Biology. She is an award-winning teacher, who pioneered in her Stanford class many of the ideas that underlie the Coursera user experience. She received her BSc and MSc from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and her PhD from Stanford.
Dr. Carlos D. Bustamante is an internationally recognized leader in the application of data science and genomics technology to problems in medicine, agriculture, and biology. He received his Ph.D. in Biology and MS in Statistics from Harvard University (2001), was on the faculty at Cornell University (2002-9), and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010.He is currently Professor of Biomedical Data Science, Genetics, and (by courtesy) Biology at Stanford University. Dr. Bustamante has a passion for building new academic units, non-profits, and companies to solve pressing scientific challenges. He is Founding Director of Stanford's Center for Computational, Evolutionary, and Human Genomics (CEHG). He is Owner and President of CDB Consulting, LTD, a Director at Eden Roc Biotechnology and at Etalon, Inc., founder of Arc-Bio, and SAB member of companies and joint-ventures.