Russ Altman

Scientific Advisor

Russ will serve as a sounding board for Benevolent’s scientists, AI researchers and developers, offering invaluable advice and insight when needed. His primary research interests are in the application of computing and informatics technologies to problems relevant to medicine. Russ is an American Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, Medicine and Biomedical Data Science, and past Chairman of the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University. Altman holds an AB from Harvard College, an MD from Stanford Medical School, and a PhD in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford. His lab studies how human genetic variation impacts drug response, and his legacy includes the PharmGKB project, started in 2000, which contains genomic, phenotype and clinical information collected from ongoing pharmacogenetic studies. His other work focuses on the analysis of biological molecules to understand the actions, interactions and adverse events of drugs. He helps lead an FDA-supported centre for regulatory science and innovation, chaired the Science Board advising the FDA Commissioner, serves on the NIH director’s advisory committee, and was the Co-chair of the IOM Drug Forum.