AMIA 2020 Informatics Summit Keynote Speaker

Opening Keynote Speaker

Monday, March 23, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT

Atul Butte, MD, PhD, is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and inaugural Director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute ( at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Butte is also the Chief Data Scientist for the entire University of California Health System, with 18 health professional schools, six medical centers, 10 hospitals, and more than 1,000 care delivery sites.  Dr. Butte has been continually funded by NIH for 20 years, is an inventor on 24 patents, and has authored more than 200 publications, with research repeatedly featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine. Dr. Butte was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, and in 2013, he was recognized by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change in Open Science for promoting science through publicly available data. Dr. Butte is also a founder of three investor-backed data-driven companies: Personalis (IPO, 2019), providing medical genome sequencing services, Carmenta (acquired by Progenity, 2015), discovering diagnostics for pregnancy complications, and NuMedii, finding new uses for drugs through open molecular data. Dr. Butte trained in Computer Science at Brown University, worked as a software engineer at Apple and Microsoft, received his MD at Brown University, trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology at Children's Hospital Boston, then received his PhD from Harvard Medical School and MIT.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Thursday, March 26, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. EDT

Janina M. Jeff, PhD, is a Senior Bioinformatics Scientist at Illumina, where she develops pipelines for content annotation and the selection and design of population specific genome-wide content for Illumina’s genotyping array portfolios to enable healthy population screening. She is the first African American to graduate with a PhD in Human Genetics from Vanderbilt University. Before Illumina, her research career was largely focused on the discovery of genetic loci that impact admixed populations, Hispanics and African Americans, for complex common diseases. In the past year, Dr. Jeff was named Top 40 Under 40 Alumna with Spelman College, The National Quality Minority Forum, and The Network Journal. She also recently gave her first TEDx talk at the inaugural TEDxFlatbush, “Afrofuturism Through the Power of the Genome” and was recently featured by The Root One-word project during Black History Month on genetic testing.