Acting Vice-Dean, Graduate Education

Michael Brudno.Michael Brudno

Acting Vice-Dean, Graduate Education
Professor, Department of Computer Science


Tel: 416-978-3453
Executive Assistant: Alison Terpstra
Office: SS2005, Office of the Dean, Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street


The Vice-Dean, Graduate Education is responsible for graduate education in the Faculty of Arts & Science, including graduate enrolment planning, administration of funds to support graduate activities, graduate program development and governance matters.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Graduate degree requirements
  • Graduate courses and programs
  • Funding to support graduate activities
  • Interdisciplinary undergraduate-graduate units  
  • International doctoral clusters (IDC)


Michael Brudno is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, as well as the Chief Data Scientist at the University Health Network. He is also a faculty member at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence. His main research interest is the development of computational methods for the analysis of clinical and genomic datasets, especially the capture of precise clinical data from clinicians using effective user interfaces, and its utilization in the automated analysis of genomes.

This work focuses on the capture of structured phenotypic data from clinical encounters, using both refined User Interfaces, and mining of unstructured data (based on Machine Learning methodology), and the analysis of omics data (genome, transcriptome, epigenome) in the context of the structured patient phenotypes, mostly for rare diseases.

Professor Brudno’s goal is to enable the seamless automated analysis of patient omics data based on automatically captured information from a clinical encounter, thus streamlining clinical workflows and enabling faster and better treatments.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in computer science and history from University of California, Berkeley, he received his PhD from the computer science department of Stanford University, working on algorithms for whole genome alignments. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California, Berkeley and was a visiting scientist at MIT. He is the recipient of the Ontario Early Researcher Award and the Sloan Fellowship, as well as the Outstanding Young Canadian Computer Scientist Award.

Professor Brudno will serve as Acting Vice-Dean, Graduate Education during Professor Antoinette Handley’s appointment as Acting Dean, effective July 1, 2024 until December 31, 2024.