Christel ChehoudDirector of R&D Data Science at Johnson & Johnson
Christel Chehoud, PhD, is a Director of Data Science, Analytics & Insights at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. In this role, Christel leads a team of data scientists to design, develop, and field impactful data science solutions spanning the entire R&D value chain from discovery through late development.
She manages a portfolio of advanced analytics projects, including predictive modeling of disease progression, clinical trial optimization, and biomarker identification. Christel provides technical guidance to conceive and implement Data Science solutions to business questions, interfacing with scientific domain experts to ensure alignment, and leading and advising on collaborations with external Data Science companies.
Prior to J&J, Christel was a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, studying microbial genomics and building novel analytical pipelines for investigating the human gut virome. Christel also worked as a Scientific Specialist at a start-up in San Francisco, CA called Second Genome. She has authored over 20 scientific, peer-reviewed articles. Christel holds a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a A.B. in Molecular Biology and Computer Science from Princeton University.