Advisory Board

Richard Green
Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Santa Cruz

Richard Green received his BS in Genetics in 1997 from the University of Georgia, and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley is 2005. During his post-doctoral work at the Max Planck Institute, he was the lead author on the draft Neandertal genome paper which won the Newcomb-Cleveland prize in 2010. Green has published widely in many areas of genomics including genome assembly, comparative genomics, ancient DNA analysis, alternative splicing, and sequence analysis algorithms. Richard is a Searle Scholar, Sloan Fellow, and Kavli Fellow.

David Haussler
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

David Haussler is a Distinguished Professor in Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is also the Scientific Director at the university’s Genomics Institute and Director of their Cancer Genomics Hub. In addition, David is Scientific Co-Director at the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)


He is credited with pioneering the use in genomics of hidden Markov models (HMMs), stochastic context-free grammars, and discriminative kernel methods. As a collaborator on the international Human Genome Project, his team posted the first publicly available computational assembly of the human genome sequence. His team subsequently developed the UCSC Genome Browser, a web-based tool that is used extensively in biomedical research and serves, along with the Ensembl platform, virtually all large-scale vertebrate genomics projects. He built the CGHub database to hold NCI’s cancer genome data, co-founded the Genome 10K project, co-founded the Treehouse Childhood Cancer Project, and is a co-founder of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH).

Richard Durbin
Senior Group Leader in Computational Genomics and Human Genetics, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute

Richard Durbin has participated in multiple genome sequencing projects, including identifying genes in the human genome sequence and, more recently, co-leading the 1000 Genomes and UK10K large scale whole human genome sequencing projects. His current research is focused on very high throughput sequence data analysis and studying human genome variation and genome evolution. He has also made many contributions to biological sequence analysis, including developing software for sequence alignment using hidden Markov models and suffix array methods, the standard formats BAM and VCF for genome sequence data processing, and genomic databases including Pfam, Ensembl, and TreeFam.


Richard is an Honorary Professor in Computational Genomics at Cambridge University, a Senior Scientist of ISCB, a Member of EMBO, and a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Daniel Rokhsar
Professor of Genetics and Professor of Physics, University of California at Berkeley

Daniel Rokhsar is Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development, and also a Professor of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley. In addition, he is Chief Informatics Officer at the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and Visiting Professor of Molecular Genetics at the Okinawa Institute for Science and Technology Graduate University.


After a PhD at Cornell University in theoretical physics and postdoctoral research at IBM, Daniel joined the physics faculty at Berkeley. In the mid-1990s his research interests shifted from the physics of materials to biophysics, computational biology, and genomics. In 2000 he founded the computational genomics effort at the Joint Genome Institute. He is a former National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, Sloan Foundation Fellow, Miller Research Professor, and Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. His group has assembled, annotated, and analyzed more than thirty eukaryotic genomes. Daniel’s interests focus on understanding the origin, evolution, and diversity of animals by combining computational genome analysis with comparative cell and developmental biology.

Bob Kain
Founder, Mesa Rim Climbing & Fitness Center

Bob Kain is an avid inventor, experienced R&D leader, biotech executive, entrepreneur, and active member of his community. Bob retired from Illumina in 2014 after 14 years as Chief Engineering Officer. Prior to joining Illumina, Bob was the Director of the Microarray Business Unit at Molecular Dynamics.


In December 2009, while still at Illumina, Bob started Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center ( The company has sustained double-digit growth and is actively expanding into multiple locations. He is also on the Scientific Advisory Board of Big Data Bio and a Director at Orflo Technologies and Pet Wireless.


Bob received a BS in Physics from San Diego State University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.

Martin Powers
Lab Director, Molecular Genomic Specialist in Oncology, Invitae

Martin Powers is a self-described molecular genomic pathologist with a passion for the clinical applications of molecular biology. Before joining Invitae, he served for three years directing the clinical molecular oncology efforts for the University of California, San Francisco clinical labs, where he was also an assistant clinical professor.


He received his BA in Biology and Psychology from Case Western Reserve, a Masters in Molecular Cell Biology from University of California at Berkeley, and a Medical Doctorate from University of Michigan. Martin also completed anatomic and clinical pathology training at Weill Cornell in New York City and Methodist in Houston, and a clinical fellowship in molecular genetic pathology at the Baylor College of Medicine.