Katherine S. Pollard, Ph.D.

Katherine S. Pollard, PhD

Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology

University of California San Francisco

Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub

Curriculum Vitae


Gladstone Institutes
CZ Biohub
Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Institute for Human Genetics
Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute
QB3 Quantitative Biosciences Institute
Bioinformatics Graduate Program
Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics Graduate Program
Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
Center for Bioinformatics & Molecular Biostatistics
Berkeley Institute for Data Science
Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences
Fellow of the International Society of Computational Biology

Mentor Training

DEI 101 (Gladstone)
Unconscious Bias (Gladstone)
Precise Language (Gladstone)
How Racialized STEM Education Stifles Innovation (Gladstone)
History of Racism (Gladstone)
Preventing Workplace Harrassment (Gladstone)
Mythbusting around the Science of Sexual Harassment (Gladstone)
How to Overcome the Barriers to Creativity and Change (Gladstone)
Unpacking Microaggressions (Gladstone)
Tools & Tips for Virtual Learning (UCSF)
Student Mental Health in a Pandemic (UCSF)
Sharpening Your Mentoring Skills (UCSF)


I received my Ph.D. and M.A. from UC Berkeley Division of Biostatistics under the supervision of Mark van der Laan. My research at Berkeley included developing computationally intensive statistical methods for analysis of microarray data with applications in cancer biology. After graduating, I did a postdoc at UC Berkeley with Sandrine Dudoit. I developed Bioconductor open source software packages for clustering and multiple hypothesis testing. In 2003, I began a comparative genomics NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in the labs of David Haussler and Todd Lowe in the Center for Biomolecular Science & Engineering at UC Santa Cruz. I was part of the Chimpanzee Sequencing and Analysis Consortium that published the sequence of the Chimp Genome, and I used this sequence to identify the fastest evolving regions in the human genome. In 2005, I joined the faculty at the UC Davis Genome Center and Department of Statistics. I moved to Gladstone/UCSF in Fall 2008, where I am Director of an innovation hub focused on emerging technologies and informatics. I am an advocate for women in science at UCSF and beyond. I was honored to receive the Gladstone Mentoring Award in 2019.

Advisory Roles

Bigelow Single Cell Genomics Center
California Academy of Sciences
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
EBI MGnify
ENCODE Project

Editorial Roles

Science Board of Reviewing Editors
mSystems Senior Editor