Team Science

Team Science

A Team Science Approach to Better Health

The Department of Medicine is committed to translating research discoveries into clinical practice to improve health worldwide. We accomplish this goal through an interdisciplinary approach known as Team Science.

Team science leverages the expertise of professionals from different fields to address a scientific challenge.

The department has a rich history of laboratory science and pioneering research, a research-intensive medical school, and a hospital ranked among the top ten in the nation. The synergy of these resources positions the department to be a preeminent team science leader.

Successful Collaboration is Bi-Directional

We take medical discoveries and put these findings into practice in Stanford Hospitals and Clinics. Patient care generates insights that inform research. This tight feedback loop is efficient and essential to making meaningful medical advancements.

Our Team Science Goal

Stanford has the country’s highest ratio of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding per researcher. Our team science goal is no less ambitious. We aim to be a national and international leader in the discipline by obtaining at least one nationally recognized, multidisciplinary team science award in the next five years.

Team Science Leadership


PJ Utz
Team Science


Hannah Valantine
Special Advisor
to the Chair



Ken Mahaffey
Vice Chair
Clinical Research


Joy Wu
Vice Chair
Basic Science


Nancy Lonhart
ADFA- Research

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Michael K. Helms
Research Development

Stanford Medicine is Uniquely Suited for a Team Science Model

The Department of Medicine is uniquely qualified to deploy team science to tackle today’s most intractable health challenges. We can leverage:

  • Outstanding academic, research, and clinical faculty
  • Established laboratories and core science infrastructure
  • Significant clinical research infrastructure
  • An extensive network of community-based physician practices
  • Diverse patient populations across ethnicity, age, and gender identity
  • Digital platforms and strong, ongoing partnerships with Silicon Valley

Team Science Project Showcases

Read more about our team science projects and activities as seen below.


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