James Zou     

Assistant Professor
Stanford University

Department of Biomedical Data Science
Department of Computer Science
Department of Electrical Engineering

Email: jamesyzou at gmail dot com      Office: MSOB X325, Packard 258  

Hi! I am an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. I work on a wide range of problems in machine learning (from proving mathematical properties to building large-scale algorithms) and am especially interested in applications in genomics and computational health. I received a Ph.D. from Harvard in 2014 and was a member of Microsoft Research New England. Before this, I completed Part III in math at the University of Cambridge and was a Simons fellow at U.C. Berkeley. I joined Stanford in Fall 2016 and am excited to be an inaugural Chan-Zuckerberg Investigator. I lead the Stanford Laboratory for Machine Learning, Genomics and Health and am the faculty director of the new university-wide AI for Health program. We are also a part of the Stanford AI Lab.           
Open postdoc positions in both ML and compbio: please send CV and a cover letter of research interest to my email above.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

5/10/19: AdaFDR won the best paper award at RECOMB 2019!                                                                                                                                                                                                    5/7/19: in ICML 2019 we'll present data valuation, concrete autoencoder, conditional feature selection and adaptive Monte Carlo via multi-arm bandits.                                                                                                                                                                                          12/21/18: if you need holiday gifts, check out cheap knockoffs and multi-knockoffs (both to appear in AISTATS 2019).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11/12/18: learn how to Autowarp at NIPS, how to predict disease from clinical notes at Nature Digital Medicine, and why neural network interpretation is fragile at AAAI.                                                                                                                                                                       9/11/18: very excited to receive a NIH Center for Excellence in Genomics, a NIH R21 and an Innovation in Cancer Informatics Award. Thanks for the amazing support!                                                                                                                                                                         8/10/18: great summer visiting and giving talks at the Broad, Peking U, Oxford, Imperial, Alan Turing, ICML, UCLA, ClinGen and Berkeley. Thanks to all the hosts!                                                                                                                                                                                            7/18/18: our article on designing fair AI is published in Nature.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 5/31/18: Look for CoVeR at ICML!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         5/3/18: contrastive PCA is published in Nature Communications and we have received a Human centered AI grant.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4/8/18: Word embedding reveals 100 years of stereotypes is published in PNAS and is highlighted in Science and Stanford News.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3/13/18: we have won a Tencent AI research award!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2/23/18: we have won a Google Faculty Research Award!                                                                                                                                                                                                              2/15/18: Machine learning reveals malaria plastid proteome. See our new paper

1/16/18: Why does adaptively collected data have negative bias? See our AISTATS paper.

11/6/17: Interpretation of neural network is fragile. See our paper for gory details. 

10/19/17: Our paper on the effects of memory replay in reinforcement learning won Best Poster at Bay Area ML Symposium.

10/17/17: We have been selected to be a pilot project for the Human Cell Atlas.

9/26/17: Have you used PCA? Then you need to use our contrastive PCA.

9/6/17: Deep learning for multiple hypothesis testing? Check out our new paper on NeuralFDR to appear in NIPS 2017.

7/19/17: our bias in adaptive data collection paper wins Best Paper Award!

7/17/17: our multi-sense word embedding paper won Best Paper Award!

7/17/17: excited to participate in the Microsoft AI Faculty Summit.

5/24/17: talk at UCLA Computational Genomics Summer Institute.

5/24/17: two new papers in ICML 2017.

3/13/17: I will give a deep learning short course at Northwestern University.

3/5/17: We have been awarded a NSF research initiative (CRII) award!

1/20/17: Invited talks at Berkeley and U Penn.

9/21/16: I'm co-organizing Machine Learning in Compbio workshop at NIPS. Please submit your awesome papers!

9/20/16: Excited to teach CS273B: Deep learning for genomics and bio-medicine.

9/16/16: Our NIPS paper on gender stereotype in word embedding is covered in NPR and MIT TechReview.

9/12/16: What can we say about unobserved mutations? Check out our UnseenEst paper (to appear in Nature Communications).

9/10/16: How good is your approximate diffusion? Check out our new paper (w/ Jonathan Huggins).