Kevin White, PhD
Chief Science Officer
Dr. Kevin White serves as Chief Science Officer at Tempus, where he oversees the scientific operation. Dr. White was the founding Director of the Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology at The University of Chicago, where he retains an appointment as the James and Karen Frank Family Professor of Human Genetics and Medicine. Dr. White is a pioneer in combining experimental and computational techniques to understand the networks of factors that control biological systems during development, disease, and evolution. His team has discovered novel cancer genes in a wide range of tumor types including breast cancer, kidney cancer, and myeloid leukemias. From 2006 through 2016, while he was the Founding Director of the Institute for Genomics & Systems Biology, Dr. White built a team of 10 faculty and over 100 staff that has won approximately $150M in research funding contracts and awards. His academic awards for innovation include the Keck Biomedical Investigator and Beckman Young Investigator awards, and he has also been recognized for his entrepreneurship on the ‘40 under 40’ list by Chicago Crain’s Business. White has served on the scientific boards of a wide range of start-up biotech companies and foundations. He also has previously served as acting CEO and co-director of HealthSeq Pvt. Ltd., providing hospitals with protected data clouds for analysis of genome and clinical records data. In the nonprofit sector he currently holds scientific advisory board positions at institutions that include Harvard University, Yale University, Northwestern University, and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. White has a B.S. and M.S. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.