Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Genetics;
Associate Vice Chancellor for Computational Health Sciences;
Co-Lead, Structural and Functional Cancer Genomics Research Program, Moores Cancer Center;
UC San Diego, School of Medicine
Jill Mesirov is associate vice chancellor for computational health sciences and professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. As associate vice chancellor, Mesirov is responsible for the overarching strategy for computational health sciences and research computing at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She is a member of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, where she serves as co-lead for the structural and functional genomics research program.
Mesirov is a computational scientist who has spent many years working in the area of high-performance computing on problems that arise in science, engineering, and business applications. Her research focuses on cancer genomics applying machine-learning methods to functional data derived from patient tumors. The lab analyzes this molecular data to determine the underlying biological mechanisms of specific tumor subtypes, to stratify patients according to their relative risks of relapse, and to identify candidate treatments. In addition, Mesirov is committed to the development of practical, accessible software tools to bring these methods to the general biomedical research community. Her tools support over half a million users worldwide.
Before moving to UC San Diego in 2015, Mesirov was associate director and chief informatics officer at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, formerly the whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, where she directed the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Program and was a member of the Cancer Program steering committee. She previously served as manager of computational biology and bioinformatics in the Healthcare/Pharmaceutical Solutions Organization of IBM, director of research at Thinking Machines Corporation and has also held positions in the mathematics department at the University of California at Berkeley and served as associate executive director of the American Mathematical Society.
Mesirov is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), and the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) where she formerly served as president. She was appointed as a founding member of Governor Jerry Brown’s California Precision Medicine Advisory Committee. The committee will advise the Governor's Office on all aspects of the state’s new precision medicine initiative and provide recommendations on further actions the public and private sectors can take to integrate precision medicine into health care.
Mesirov received her B.A. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Brandeis University.
Director of Software Development
Lead Software Architect
Sr. Software Architect
Sr. Principal Software Engineer
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Sr. Test Engineer
Sr. Software Engineer
Postdoc in the Ideker Lab
|Miranda Song||Undergraduate Intern||May 2020 - Present|
|Jonathan Zamora||UCSD Computer Science||Creating a Seurat Module Suite in GenePattern||May 2020 - Present|
|James Ni||High School Intern||June 2019 - Present|
|Jacob Gill||STARS||June - August 2020|
|Kyle Liu||UCSD Statistics||February - Sept 2020|
|Yingxi Lin||UCSD Bioinformatics||January - Sept 2020|
|Gabriel Diaz||ENLACE||June - August 2019|
|Hugo Gomez||ENLACE||June - August 2019|
|John Yin||UCSD Mathematics||Applying NMF with network regularization to transcriptomic data||Jan - Dec 2019|
|Mengyi (Miko) Liu||UCSD Bioinformatics||Comparing batch correction algorithms for meta-analysis of single cell RNA-seq data||Sept 2018 - June 2019|
|Chengze Shen||Undergraduate Intern||March - August 2018|
|Andy Zhang||Regents Scholar||Sept 2016 - May 2018|
|Xavier Gonzales||Summer Internship||Applying NMF with various constraints to transcriptomic data||July - August 2018|
|Marylu Villa R.||ENLACE||Developing a suite of TCGA Data Importer Notebooks||June - August 2018|
|Alejandra Ramos||ENLACE||Developing a suite of TCGA Data Importer Notebooks||June - August 2018|
|Isaac Shanley||Undergraduate Intern||Helped develop IGV Reports||October 2017 - June 2018|
|Arthur Liberzon, PhD||Bioinformatics Scientist & MSigDB Curator (Broad Institute)||Apr 2007 - May 2018|
|Sara Garamszegi, PhD||Bioinformatics Scientist (Broad Institute)||Jun 2014 - Mar 2017|
|James Jensen, PhD||PhD Candidate||Mar 2016 - May 2018|
|Clarence Mah||Associate Computational Biologist||Sept 2016 - Aug 2018|
|Kassi Kosnicki||Associate Computational Biologist||Sept 2016 - Feb 2017|