After graduating from Harvard with an A.B. in physics in 1989, Prof. Mark Gerstein earned a doctorate in theoretical chemistry and biophysics from Cambridge University in 1993. He did postdoctoral research in bioinformatics at Stanford University from 1993 to 1996. He came to Yale in 1997 as an assistant professor and in 2003 became co-director of the Yale Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Program. Gerstein has published appreciably in the scientific literature, with an H index of ~185 and >600 publications in total, including a number of them in prominent venues, such as Science, Nature, Cell, and Scientific American. His research is focused on biomedical data science, and he is particularly interested in machine learning, macromolecular simulation, human genome annotation & disease genomics, and genomic privacy.