Katherine S. Pollard, Ph.D.

Gladstone Institute of Data Science and Biotechnology

University of California San Francisco

Chan Zuckerberg Biohub

Curriculum Vitae


Gladstone Institutes
CZ Biohub
Flatiron Institute IDEA Scholar
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
Berkeley Institute for Data Science


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 the Institute for Data Science and Biotechnology 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.


Member of the National Academy of Medicine
Fellow of the International Society of Computational Biology
Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering
Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences

Mentor Training

DEI Champion (UCSF)
DEI 101 (Gladstone)
Foundations of DEI (UCSF)
Unconscious Bias (Gladstone)
Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Faculty Recruitment (Gladstone)
Precise Language (Gladstone)
Unpacking Microaggressions (Gladstone)
Faces of Ability (UCSF)
Student Mental Health in a Pandemic (UCSF)
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)
Tools & Tips for Virtual Learning (UCSF)
Sharpening Your Mentoring Skills (UCSF)
Brave Bystanding (Gladstone)

Advisory Roles

EBI MGnify
ENCODE Project
Flatiron Institute
Helmsley Trust
Laboratory for Genomics Research (LGR)
Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI)
Tabula Madagascar

Editorial Roles

Science Board of Reviewing Editors