The Precision Health leadership team is composed of U-M faculty experts who bring a variety of valuable perspectives and approaches to their roles.
Goncalo Abecasis, D.Phil., Co-Director School of Public Health
Abecasis is the chair and Felix E. Moore Collegiate Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He received his doctorate degree in human genetics from the University of Oxford in 2001 and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan the same year. Abecasis’ research focuses on the development of statistical tools for the identification and study of genetic variants important in human disease. Software developed by Abecasis at the University of Michigan is used in several hundred gene-mapping projects around the world. He has made important contributions to our understanding of patterns of genetic variation across the genome and, its relationship to complex traits and diseases. He has also developed algorithms that enable analysis of large challenging datasets.
Eric Michielssen, Ph.D., Co-Director College of Engineering
Michielssen is the Louise Ganiard Johnson Professor of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering and computer science in the University of Michigan College of Engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1992 and joined the University of Michigan in 2005. Michielssen is also associate vice president for Advanced Research Computing within the university’s Office of Research, where he coordinates research initiatives in computational and data science across U-M’s 19 schools and colleges, and provides high-performance and big data computing and consulting services. Michielssen’s research interests include all aspects of theoretical and applied computational electromagnetics, as well as development of fast frequency and time-domain integral equation-based techniques for analyzing electromagnetic phenomena.
Sachin Kheterpal, M.D., M.B.A., Co-Director Medical School
Kheterpal is associate professor of anesthesiology and associate dean for research information technology at the University of Michigan Medical School. He received his bachelor’s, medical degree and master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. Kheterpal’s career has been focused on the novel use of IT and electronic health records for patient care, quality improvement and research. He is recognized as a national leader in perioperative large dataset clinical research and has published numerous articles, editorials and book chapters regarding intraoperative management and long-term postoperative outcomes. Using innovative techniques to integrate administrative, EHR and registry data across institutions, he leads the Multicenter Perioperative Outcomes Group, a research and quality improvement consortium of more than 40 anesthesiology and surgical departments.