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Clinical and Translational Science Center

Clinical and Translational Science Center



Nick Anderson appointed CTSC Biomedical Informatics director

The Clinical and Translational Science Center is delighted to welcome Nick Anderson, the new director of the CTSC Biomedical Informatics program. Anderson, an accomplished researcher with private industry and academic experience, joined the UC Davis faculty in September as the Robert D. Cardiff Professor of Informatics in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and director of research informatics for UC Davis School of Medicine. His research and academic expertise encompass clinical-translational data sharing, patient-centered health research and bioethics policy issues. His recent work has focused on development of institutional-scale biospecimen and data repository resources for research, and he is actively engaged in advancing these areas across the UC Davis and University of California campuses.

Anderson also brings along considerable experience as an academic mentor, with a primary goal of supporting students who seek to improve the quality of health and health information in society. He expects his mentees to become skilled writers, critical thinkers and socially active academic citizens who take personal responsibility and seek perspective by cultivating balance in their lives.

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Anderson has lived in the United States since 1979 and became a U.S. citizen in 2002. He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, a master’s degree in biomedical informatics from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, and a doctoral degree in biomedical informatics from the University of Washington in Seattle as a National Library of Medicine predoctoral research fellow. An adventurer at heart, he journeyed into informatics 33 years ago with a drive to master a variety of software platforms. Anderson’s extracurricular interests lie in vintage cars, brewing beer, the culinary arts and outdoor activities, including backcountry skiing, snowboarding and mountaineering.

With broad and relevant research experience in biomedical informatics and his unique perspective on life, Anderson is well-equipped to guide the UC Davis CTSC program in a direction that embodies his academic foci, with the joie de vivre that he brings to all aspects of his life.