Monitoring Health and COVID-19 Using Big Data
Prof. Michael Snyder (Stanford)
Recent technological advances as well as longitudinal monitoring not only have the potential to improve the treatment of disease (Precision Medicine) but also empower people to stay healthy (Precision Health). We have been using advanced multiomics technologies (genomics, immunomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, microbiomics) as well as wearables for monitoring health in 109 individuals for up to 12 years and made numerous major health discoveries covering cardiovascular disease, oncology, metabolic health and infectious disease. We have found that individuals have distinct aging patterns that can be measured in an actionable period of time as well as seasonal patterns of health markers. We have also explored the effects of fiber using multiomics profiling. Finally, we have used wearable devices for early detection of infectious disease, including COVID-19 and built an alerting system for detecting health stressors that is scaleable to the entire planet. We believe that advanced technologies have the potential to transform healthcare.
Michael Snyder is the Stanford Ascherman Professor and Chair of Genetics and the Director of the Center of Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Dr. Snyder received his Ph.D. training at the California Institute of Technology and carried out postdoctoral training at Stanford University. He is a leader in the field of functional genomics and multiomics, and one of the major participants of the ENCODE project. His laboratory study was the first to perform a large-scale functional genomics project in any organism, and has developed many technologies in genomics and proteomics. These including the development of proteome chips, high resolution tiling arrays for the entire human genome, methods for global mapping of transcription factor (TF) binding sites (ChIP-chip now replaced by ChIP-seq), paired end sequencing for mapping of structural variation in eukaryotes, de novo genome sequencing of genomes using high throughput technologies and RNA-Seq. These technologies have been used for characterizing genomes, proteomes and regulatory networks. Seminal findings from the Snyder laboratory include the discovery that much more of the human genome is transcribed and contains regulatory information than was previously appreciated (e.g. lncRNAs and TF binding sites), and a high diversity of transcription factor binding occurs both between and within species. He launched the field of personalized medicine by combining different state-of–the-art “omics” technologies to perform the first longitudinal detailed integrative personal omics profile (iPOP) of a person, and his laboratory pioneered the use of wearables technologies (smart watches and continuous glucose monitoring) for precision health. He is a cofounder of many biotechnology companies, including Personalis, SensOmics, Qbio, January, Protos, Oralome, Mirvie and Filtricine.