Directors, Precision Health Initiative



The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) is pleased to announce the launch of the Precision Health Initiative, created with the bold goal of addressing major and large-scale health problems facing humanity through multidisciplinary teams of outstanding, innovative researchers. Precision Health was selected as the first recipient of funding from Indiana University Grand Challenges Program that is a $300 million research expansion across the entire University. The $120 million investment in Precision Health will be leveraged to recruit approximately 40 new, full-time faculty members on the Indiana University campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Precision Health will also support the creation of new facilities, centers, and user platforms, including new gene editing and sequencing cores at the IUSM, and a GMP facility to produce cellular therapeutics. This investment will be leveraged with other IUSM resources to significantly expand the scope of this initiative.

As part of the Precision Health Initiative, the IUSM will be recruiting visionary leaders for the below leadership positions, supported with substantial institutional resources including generous endowed chairs to support personal research and startup, funds to recruit a cadre of faculty to implement this vision, and an opportunity to leverage/expand state of the art facilities.

  • Director of Cell Therapy & Human Immunology
  • Director of Chemical Biology & Biotherapeutics
  • Director of Data Sciences & Informatics
  • Director of Genomic Medicine

Director Searches

One of the top priorities in the first year of the Precision Health Initiative is to recruit Executive Directors for the pillars. This diverse and dynamic search committee will be actively recruiting visionary leaders as described below. We encourage you to express interest through our website and our executive recruitment team will respond quickly and confidentially to all inquiries.

Wade Clapp, MD – Co-Chair
Chair and Richard L. Schreiner Professor of Pediatrics
Mary Dankoski, PhD – Co-Chair
Executive Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
Lester D. Bibler Professor of Family Medicine

Raj Archaya, PhD
Dean, IU School of Informatics and Computing
Andrew Dahlem, PhD
Vice President Lilly Research Laboratories(LRL)
LRL Operations/LRL Europe
Tatiana Foroud, PhD
Chair and Joe C. Christian Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics
Al Gatmaitan
IUH Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mark Geraci, MD
Chair and John B. Hickam Professor of Medicine
David Giedroc, PhD
Lilly Chemistry Alumni Professor
Shaun Grannis, MD, MS
Interim Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics
Regenstrief Institute Associate Professor of Family Medicine
Professor Of Sociology Indiana UniversityBernice Pescosolido, PhD
Director, IN Consortium for Mental Health Svcs Research
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Jamie Renbarger, MD, MS
Interim Director, Institute for Personalized Medicine
Section Chief and Nora Letzter Scholar in Pediatric Oncology
roodmanDavid Roodman, MD, PhD
Director of Hematology Oncology
Kenneth Wiseman Professor of Medicine
Rick Van Kooten, PhD
IU Vice Provost for Research
Professor of Elementary Particle Physics
yoder-mervinMerv Yoder, MD
Associate Dean for Entrepreneurial Research
Director, Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research
Richard and Pauline Klingler of Pediatrics


Director, Cell Therapy & Human ImmunologyDirector, Chemical Biology & BiotherapeuticsDirector, Data Sciences & InformaticsDirector, Genomic Medicine

The Director of Cell Therapy and Human Immunology will lead emerging genetically modified cell, gene and immune therapy approaches to treat previously untreatable disorders.  It will establish a world class cell, gene, and immune therapy research program that will permit the design and implementation of novel cellular, genetic, and immunotherapeutic interventions for patients, which are based upon a detailed understanding of the individual patient’s genotype and phenotype, that will improve patient health outcomes across Indiana in selected clinical areas.

For additional information, or to apply for this position click here.

The Director of Chemical Biology and Biotherapeutics (C2B2) will lead translating newly discovered genetic pathways of disease states into chemical biology targets and generating tool and drug-like molecules to engage such targets. We propose to build an inter-campus Center for Chemical Biology and Biotherapeutics that integrates the precision medicine clinical cohort and basic chemical sciences to drive discovery of fundamental mechanisms that underlie patient-specific disease states.

For additional information, or to apply for this position click here.

The Center for Data and Informatics Sciences will create an integrated program to coordinate the bioinformatics, clinical informatics and high end computational services necessary to support this grand initiative. To establish and maintain cutting-edge precision health research and patient care, the informatics team will work closely with researchers across the entire range of the PH grand challenge. The main goals of the informatics team consist of initiating and supporting new research projects, developing new computing tools and methods for rapid deployment in clinical practice, hiring world- class faculty at Indiana University, and establishing educational initiatives that will not only support the initiative but also ensure broader impact in the State of Indiana and beyond.

For additional information, or to apply for this position click here.

The overarching goal of the Center for Genomic Medicine is to focus on integrating PHI principles into routine health care practices and creating a learning health care system for precision medicine and research. More specifically, create a center of excellence in genomic medicine focused on cancer, neurogenetics, neurodevelopment and cardiovascular health in which research advances, clinical care, and education are seamlessly woven together and continuously inform each other to improve patient health outcomes across Indiana in selected clinical areas.

For additional information, or to apply for this position click here.

Additional Precision Health Job Opportunities

In addition to these leaders, IU School of Medicine will be recruiting many faculty members to support this initiative over the next several years.  Current position openings will appear on the right hand side of this page, visit those links to learn more and apply online.  If you are interested in learning about future PHI opportunities, we would be happy to keep you in the loop!

Click here to submit your materials and be added to our PHI recruitment email list.

Additional Information

What is Precision Health?

Initial Press Release

Precision Health Initiative Proposal

Precision Health Initiative Website


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