Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D. Nazneen Aziz is the Executive Director of the Kaiser Permanente Research Bank. Nazneen’s interest and expertise is in the implementation of genomics in clinical practice. In her previous roles, Nazneen was the Senior Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Director of Molecular Medicine at the College of American Pathologists (CAP). During her tenure at CAP, she led the development of the first set of standards and proficiency tests for clinical laboratories using next-generation sequencing and non-invasive prenatal screening techniques. Nazneen has held executive leadership positions in the biotech/biopharma industry. In her industry career, she focused on personalized medicine, biomarkers, genetic tests, and development of drugs for cancer and diabetes. Prior to joining the biotechnology industry, Nazneen was an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital where she discovered new genes and their role in polycystic kidney disease.
Nazneen received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics and MS in biochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her BA (Honors) in Biological Sciences from Wellesley College. She has several issued and pending patents. Her publications have been cited extensively in the medical and scientific literature and she has been invited to speak at numerous national and international conferences.
She is on the National Academies Roundtable of Genomics and Precision Medicine, Genomics and Population Health Action Collaborative Population Screening Working Group, the US Government Accountability Office’s expert panel on multiplex technologies for point of care and a member of IGNITE. Nazneen was named by the Arizona Republic as one of 15 People Worth Watching in 2015 and by the Arizona Business Magazine as 2014 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. Nazneen hold a Research Professorship in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and in the Department of Child Health at University of Arizona College of Medicine