Rady School Alumna Receives “Emerging Leader” Award from UC San Diego

On June 4, 2016, Rady School of Management alumna Ashley Van Zeeland (MBA '12) was honored with the “Emerging Leader” award during UC San Diego’s 2016 Alumni Celebration. This award is given to a UC San Diego alumna or alumnus (under the age of 35) who has made a significant impact on their profession or community since graduation.

Van Zeeland is co-founder and CEO of Cypher Genomics, a San Diego-based company revolutionizing human health through genomic interpretation. Today, she is chief technology officer at Human Longevity, Inc., which acquired Cypher Genomics, to help build the world’s largest and most comprehensive database of genomic, phenotypic and clinical data, transforming the practice of medicine.

“Ashley Van Zeeland’s contribution to genomic science and to the San Diego innovation economy is immense,” said Rady School Dean Robert S. Sullivan. “She is truly an emerging leader and I expect she will continue to be a visionary in genomics for years to come.”

Prior to her position at Human Longevity, Inc. and Cypher Genomics, she was the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Scripps Translational Science Institute where she focused on novel public-private partnerships for translational science, including biomarker discovery. Van Zeeland has been leading innovative scientific programs for the past 10 years, including groundbreaking work in the genetics of autism, and is an expert in large-scale sequencing studies. Van Zeeland earned an MBA from the Rady School of Management, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder.

In addition to her Emerging Leader award, Van Zeeland has been recognized for her contributions by the community and academic institutions. In 2013, she was chosen as a "Young Influential" by the San Diego Daily Transcript. The recognition is awarded to San Diego's young entrepreneurs and successful business leaders. In 2009, she received the Dickinson Fellowship Award and in 2010 the Autism Research Neurobiologist Award. While at the Rady School, Van Zeeland was part of the mystartupXX incubator and her team won the Executive Summary Competition at the 2011 UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge.

Cypher Genomics has also been widely recognized for its pioneering work. It was featured as one of 12 Tech Startups to Watch in San Diego by Xconomy, named a San Diego “COOL Company” by San Diego Venture Group in 2015 and was the San Diego MetroConnect Prize Winner.

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