Simon Evans, MBA, PhD

Chief Operations Officer

After receiving his B.S. from Western Washington University, Dr. Evans spent five years in the Seattle Biotech industry before returning to graduate school for a doctorate at Oregon State University, with formal training in molecular and cellular biology applied to neurochemistry. His postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan focused on the neurochemistry of stress disorders and yielded a series of publications, including the first implication of the central fibroblast growth factor system in major depressive disorder. Dr. Evans stayed on as faculty at Michigan for another 15 years and during this tenure, retrained in Public Health, Nutrition Science and Human Clinical Research through an NIH Career Development Award. This precipitated a transition to direct a research program focused on understanding the role of dietary patterns in the burden of disease of psychiatric disorders, leveraging multiomics approaches and another series of publications that included the first analysis of the gut microbiome in Bipolar Disorder. After leaving Michigan, Dr. Evans joined Drs. Lee Hood and Nathan Price at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle with another shift into research administration. More recently, he received his MBA from the University of Illinois and joined Phenome Health as the Chief Operating Officer. Here, Dr. Evans is integrating business frameworks with his research experience to help drive the implementation of the Human Phenome Initiative.