Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Director of Research Strategy, Associate Director, Precision Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Hook-Barnard serves as director of the UCSF Precision Medicine Platform Committee, which aims to conceptualize and build precision medicine as a central overarching institutional vision at UCSF. She helped launch and continues to partner with the California Initiative for Advancing Precision Medicine (CIAPM). In the UCSF Office of Science Policy and Strategy and the School of Medicine Dean’s Office, she works with scientific experts and leaders from across academia, industry and government sectors to identify and frame scientific opportunities and challenges. From 2008- 2015, Dr. Hook-Barnard worked as a senior program officer with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM). At the NAS and IOM, she developed and administered a variety of programs, working with academic faculty, scientists, engineers, clinicians, business leaders and policy experts. She served as the study director for six National Academies reports. Dr. Hook-Barnard earned her PhD in Microbiology-Medicine from the University of Missouri.


CIAPM: Accelerating Precision Medicine Advances in California
The California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine is a state-funded effort promoting precision medicine and the impact it has on patient lives. CIAPM activities are designed to turn available data and technical innovation into better health outcomes, partly through multi-disciplinary, cross-sector demonstration projects.