Tao Long (Leadership Member)
Dr. Long is a senior bioinformatician and computational biologist with over a decade of experience in the handling and analysis of multi-dimensional complex human datasets, including genomics, metagenomics, proteomics, and metabolomics. Prior to co-founding Sapient, she was Head of Bioinformatics at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), where she led a team of interdisciplinary scientists conducting research on metabolite and microbial biomarkers for cardiovascular, renal, liver, and neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, cancer, and mitochondrial disorders. She was also previously an assistant professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and a bioinformatics scientist at Human Longevity, Inc. where she led genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and rare variants discovery on blood metabolome. At Sapient, Dr. Long oversees data science, bioinformatics, and pharmacological modeling capabilities and is responsible for maintaining and expanding Sapient’s proprietary longitudinal human biology databases.
Dr. Long received her undergraduate degree in Physics from Peking University and her PhD in Physics from Princeton University. She completed her postdoctoral research at Stanford University School of Medicine and is receiving her Executive MBA from UCSD.