Advisory Board

The MIND Program Advisory Board provides us with much needed support in a few key areas that are critical to the success of this program, including outreach to Ph.D. level professionals in areas outside of academic research, in understanding the needs and perceptions of the faculty at UCSF and that of employers outside of UCSF, and in assessing program evaluation and outcomes data. We are very excited to have a diverse group of professionals, with a range of backgrounds, who we know will provide us with valuable guidance in the continuing development of our program.


Dr. Natasha Aziz (Chair)

Head of Research Operations and Academic Relations (Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research)

Prof. Bruce Alberts

Professor Emeritus, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics (UCSF)

Dr. Geoff Benton

Director of Health Research and Development (23andMe), and UCSF Alumnus (Cell Biology)

Prof. Karina Carneiro

Assistant Professor (University of Toronto) and MIND alumnus

Prof. Mitch Feldman 

Professor and Vice Provost of Faculty Mentoring (UCSF)

Prof. Matt Jacobson

Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry (UCSF)

Dr. Alison Leaf 

Program Manager (Seven Bridges Genomics) and UCSF Alumnus (Cellular and Molecular Biology)

Prof. Rick McGee 

Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment and Professional Development (Northwestern University)

Dr. Hemai Parthasarathy

Scientific Director of Breakout Labs (Thiel Foundation)

Prof. Jim Wells

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UCSF)

Dr. Meghan Zubradt

Alliance Manager and UCSF/MIND alumnus (Biomedical Sciences)