Collaborators and Working Group

Scientific Team

To carry out this ambitious work, OMF has assembled a team of extraordinary scientists with expertise in a variety of areas directly relevant to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) research. Most of these scientists are new to ME / CFS, bringing with them extensive knowledge and perspective from other fields and diseases.

ME / CFS Collaborative Research Center at Stanford Team:

Ron Davis, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine; Director, Stanford Genome Technology Center; Director, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Collaborative Research Center at Stanford University; Director, Open Medicine Foundation ME / CFS Scientific Advisory Board.

Mark M. Davis, PhD, Director, Stanford Institute for Immunology, Transplantation and Infection (ITI); Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.

Mike Snyder, PhD, Chair, Stanford Department of Genetics; Director, Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine

Wenzhong Xiao, PhD, Director, Immuno‐Metabolic Computational Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

Craig Heller, PhD, Professor of Biology, Stanford University, exercise physiologist.

Robert Phair, PhD, Chief Science Officer, Integrative Bioinformatics, Inc.

Lars Steinmetz, PhD, Co-Director, Stanford Genome Technology Center; Professor of Genetics, Stanford University; Senior Scientist, Genome Biology Unit, European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

Laurel Crosby, PhD, Engineering Research Associate, Stanford Genome Technology Center – multi-system integration

Rahim Esfandyarpour, PhD, Engineering Research Associate, Stanford Genome Technology Center – electrical engineering, device fabrication

Fereshteh Jahaniani, PhD, Research Associate, Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine – multi-omics

Mohsen Nemat-Gorgani, PhD, Life Science Research Scientist, Stanford Genome Technology Center – protein biochemistry, enzymology

Peidong Shen, PhD, Research Associate, Stanford Genome Technology Center – biochemistry, cell-free DNA detection methods

Gozde Durmus, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Genome Technology Center – magnetic levitation platform, bioengineering

Julie Wilhelmy, Life Science Research Professional, Stanford Genome Technology Center – experimental genomics, immunology

Robert Naviaux, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Pathology, University of California, San Diego; Co-Director of Mitochondrial and Metabolic Disease Center

William Robinson, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine (Immunology and Rheumatology), Stanford University

Curt Scharfe, MD, Associate Professor of Genetics, Yale University

Lucinda Bateman, MD, founder and Medical Director of the Bateman-Horne Center for ME / CFS and Fibromyalgia

David Kaufman, MD, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Clinician. Center for Complex Diseases

Bella Chheda, MD, ME / CFS Clinician, Center for Complex Diseases

Working Group

We are fortunate that many members of the scientific, medical, and biotechnology communities have offered their expertise and resources:

Paul Berg, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Emeritus, Stanford University; Nobel laureate

Mario Capecchi, PhD, Professor of Human Genetics and Biology, University of Utah; Nobel laureate

Baldomero Olivera, PhD, Professor of Biology, University of Utah

Alain Moreau, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Montreal

Øystein Fluge, MD, Department of Oncology and Medical Physics, University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway

Olav Mella, MD, Department of Oncology and Medical Physics, University of Bergen, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway

Jonas Bergquist, MD, PhD, Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Neurochemistry, Uppsala University, Sweden

Jonas Blomberg, MD, PhD, Professor of Clinical Virology, Emeritus, Uppsala University, Sweden

Maureen Hanson, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University

Chris Armstrong, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Bio21 Molecular Science & Biotechnology Institute researcher at the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Neil McGregor, BDS, MDSc, PhD, senior researcher, Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia; Adjunct Professor, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Ronald Tompkins, MD, ScD, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Founding Director of Center for Surgery, Science & Bioengineering at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

Catherine Blish, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Immunology, Stanford University

Christopher Garcia, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University

Roger Howe, PhD, Professor of Engineering, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Nanofabrication Facility

Tom Soh, PhD, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Radiology, and by courtesy, Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

Robert Tibshirani, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Data Sciences and Statistics, Stanford University

Alan Light, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology, University of Utah

Emmanuel Mignot, MD, PhD, Professor of Sleep Medicine and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University; Director of Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Gerald Shadel, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Genetics, Yale University; Director of Yale Center for Research on Aging

Jarred Younger, PhD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Rheumatology and of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Director, Neuroinflammation, Pain, and Fatigue Laboratory

John Ryals, PhD, President and CEO, Metabolon

Chunlin Wang, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, iRepertoire, Inc.

Michael Mindrinos, PhD, President of Sirona Genomics, an Immucor company

David Bell, MD, ME / CFS Clinician

Kevin Tracey, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Molecular Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Jennifer Frankovich, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Rheumatology, Stanford University

Jose Montoya, MD, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University; Myalgic Encephalomyelitis / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME / CFS) Physician

Susan Levine, MD, ME / CFS Clinician

Harry Greenberg, MD, Senior Associate Dean of Research, Professor of Medicine, Stanford University

Stephen Elledge, PhD, Professor of Genetics and Medicine, Harvard Medical School



  • Lucinda Bateman, MD, Bateman Horne Center, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Alison Bested, MD, Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Canada
  • Bela Chheda, MD, Center for Complex Diseases, Mountain View, CA
  • John Chia, MD, Torrance, CA
  • Eric Gordon, MD, Gordon Medical Associates, Santa Rosa, CA
  • David Kaufman, MD, Center for Complex Diseases, Mountain View, CA
  • Nancy Klimas, MD, Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine, Nova Southeastern University, FL
  • Anthony Komaroff, MD, Professor Health Policy & Management, Harvard University, MA
  • Charles Lapp, MD, Hunter-Hopkins Center, Charlotte, NC
  • Susan Levine, MD, New York, NY
  • Benjamin Natelson, MD, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY
  • Daniel Peterson, MD, Sierra Internal Medicine, Incline Village, NV

ME / CFS Collaborative Research Activities at MGH and the Harvard Affiliated Hospitals:

Stanford University

Ronald W. Davis, PhD, Director OMF SAB & Stanford Genome Technology Center

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

Ronald G. Tompkins, MD, ScD, Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Surgery at HMS and MGH

Wenzhong Xiao, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery (Bioinformatics) at HMS and MGH, directs the MGH Inflammation & Metabolism Computational Center and leads the Computational Genomics Group at Stanford Genome Technology Center

Donna Felsenstein, MD, Physician in Medicine and Assistant Professor of Medicine at HMS and MGH, is a senior attending in the Infectious Disease Unit at MGH.

Jonathan Friedstat, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at HMS and MGH

Daniel Irimia, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery at HMS and MGH

Amel Karaa, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at HMS and MGH

Michael VanElzakker, PhD, Research Fellow at the MGH and HMS Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in the Neurotherapeutics Division

H. Shaw Warren, MD, Physician and Pediatrician at MGH and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at HMS

Yongming Yu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery at MGH and HMS

Andrew Alexander, MBA

BI Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC)

Janet Mullington, PhD, Professor of Neurology at HMS and BIDMC, is Director of the BIDMC Clinical Research Center and directs the HMS Human Sleep and Inflammatory Systems Laboratory

University of Birmingham (U Birmingham)

Janet Lord, PhD, Professor of Immunology, University of Birmingham, and Chair of Immunology

University of Nottingham (U Nottingham)

Philip Atherton, PhD, Professor of Muscle Metabolism, University of Nottingham

Paul Greenhaff, PhD

Brigham & Women’s Hospital (BWH)

David Systrom, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine at BWH and HMS

Anthony Komaroff, MD, Distinguished Simcox-Clifford-Higby Professor of Medicine at HMS, and Senior Physician at BWH

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Richard Smith, PhD, Battelle Fellow and Director of Proteome Research at PNNL, is also the Director of the NIGMS Biomedical Technology Research Resource for Proteomic Integrative Biology  and the DOE ‘Pan-omics’ Program at PNNL

Jon Jacob, PhD, Senior Research Scientist at PNNL, is currently the associate director of the NIGMS Biomedical Technology Research Resource for Proteomic Integrative Biology and the collaborative analytical support for the MGH lead DARPA project SPIRIT

Wei-jun Qian, PhD, bioanalytical chemist

ME / CFS Collaborative Research Center at Uppsala University

Uppsala University

Jonas Bergquist, MD, PhD, Director

Kumari Ubhayasekhera, PhD

Annie Bynke, Med Student

Rizwan Muhammad, Guest Researcher

N.N., PhD Student

Torsten Gordh, MD, PhD, Professor Emeritus

Karolinska Institutet

Per Julin, MD, PhD

Anders Rehnström, PhD

Anna Lindquist, MD

Emelie Karlsson, RN

Bragee Clinics, Sweden

Bo C. Bertilsson, MD, PhD

Björn Bragée, MD

Gunnar Olsson, MD, PhD

Jonas Axelsson, MD, PhD

Britt Bragée, RPT, PhD

Gabriella Bernhoff, RPT, PhD student

Brandon Drum, Med Student

Michael Fahlqvist, MD – internship

Michos Anastasios, MD

Gottfries Clinic

CG Gottfries, MD, PhD

Linkoping University

Anders Rosén, MD, PhD

Björn Ingelsson, PhD

Eirini Apostoulo, PhD


Carmen Scheibenbogen, MD, PhD

University of East Anglia

Simon Carding, PhD

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