David Botstein, PhD

Princeton University

Dr. Botstein is a renowned geneticist, educator and pioneer of the Human Genome Project. He currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer of Calico, a research and development biotech company established in 2013 by Google Inc. whose goal is to tackle the process of aging. Dr. Botstein served as the Director of the Lewis – Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University from 2003-2013, where he remains an Anthony B. Evnin Professor of Genomics. He was an esteemed professor and research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for two decades. He then served as Vice President for Science at Genentech, Inc. for two years before joining the faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine, where he chaired the Department of Genetics. Dr. Botstein is renowned for his use of genetic methods to understand biological functions and systems. His insights into human gene mapping 25 years ago helped lay the foundation for the Human Genome Project. Among his many accolades for his work on the Human Genome Project, in March 2013, Dr. Botstein received the Breakthrough Prize given by the Life Sciences Foundation as well in April 2010 he was awarded the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research, often lauded as "America's Nobel" this is one of science's most prestigious awards. Dr. Botstein is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.