Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville
Program Officer, Scientific Research

Chris joined Open Philanthropy in 2016. He is focused on identifying and evaluating potential philanthropic opportunities in various aspects of basic and applied scientific research. Chris has been a professor at UC Berkeley, Stanford University and Michigan State University. He has published more than 230 research papers in biochemistry, and cell and molecular biology. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society of London and has received numerous awards for his scientific contributions. He has a Ph.D in genetics, and a B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Alberta.