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Principal Investigator

The human genome is the biological code that specifies human-beings. Dr. Torkamani’s overall vision is to decipher that code in order to understand and predict interventions that restore diseased individuals to a healthy ground state. He is the Director of Genome Informatics at STSI and an Assistant Professor at The Scripps Research Institute – professor, scientist, inventor and entrepreneur.

Dr. Torkamani obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Stanford University, where he received a Bing Foundation Chemistry Research Fellowship, and his doctorate in biomedical sciences at the University of California, San Diego, (in record time) under the mentorship of Dr. Nicholas Schork as an NIH Genetics Predoctoral Training awardee. In 2008, he joined the Scripps Translational Science Institute as a Research Scientist and Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Fellow, and shortly thereafter as an Assistant Professor of Molecular and Experimental Medicine and Mario R. Alvarez Fellow. As an Assistant Professor Dr. Torkamani received a Blasker Science and Technology and PhRMA Foundation Award. In 2012, Dr. Torkamani advanced to Director of Genome Informatics at STSI where he leads various human genome sequencing and other genomics initiatives. Dr. Torkamani was also co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cypher Genomics, Inc – acquired by Human Longevity, Inc. in 2015.

Dr. Torkamani’s research covers a broad range of areas centered on the use of genomic technologies to identify the genetic etiology and underlying mechanisms of human disease in order to define precision therapies for diseased individuals. Major focus areas include human genome interpretation and genetic dissection of novel rare diseases, predictive genomic signatures of response to therapy – especially cancer therapy, and novel sequencing-based assays as biomarkers of disease. He has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications as well as numerous book chapters and Medscape references. His research has been highlighted in the popular press.

 

EDUCATION

2005 – 2008 University of California at San Diego; Ph.D. Biomedical Sciences
1999 – 2003 Stanford University; B.S. Chemistry

EMPLOYMENT

2012 – Present Director of Genome Informatics and Drug Discovery, Scripps Translational Science Institute
2014 – Present Associate Faculty, Scripps Translational Sciences Institute
2012 – Present Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Cypher Genomics, Inc.
2014 – Present Assistant Professor of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology, The Scripps Research Institute
2009 – 2014 Assistant Professor of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, The Scripps Research Institute
2009 – 2014 Assistant Faculty, Scripps Translational Sciences Institute
2008 – 2009 Research Scientist III, Scripps Translational Sciences Institute
2005 – 2008 Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, University of California at San Diego
2003 – 2005 Life Science Research Associate I, Stanford University
2002 Chemistry Research Internship, Stanford University
2001 Biochemistry Research Internship, University of California at San Francisco
2000 Genetics Research Internship, California Institute of Technology

HONORS

2011 Blasker Science and Technology Award
2009 Mario R. Alvarez Foundation Award
2008 – 2009 Donald C. and Elizabeth M. Dickinson Foundation Fellowship
2005 – 2008 National Institute of Health, Genetics Predoctoral Training Grant
2002 Bing Foundation Chemistry Research Fellowship

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

2010 – Present Member, Kellog School of Science and Technology, The Scripps Research Institute
2009 – Present Member, Scripps Translational Sciences Institute Pilot Grant Review Panel
2008 Lecturer, Scripps Translational Sciences Institute
2007 Admissions Committee, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences, UCSD
2007 Teaching Assistant and Section Leader, Introductory Genetics Course
2006 – 2008 Program Review Committee, UCSD Graduate Student Representative