Dr. Farnham is the William M. Keck Professor of Biochemistry and the Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Farnham received her bachelor’s degree from Rice University, her Ph.D. from Yale University, and performed her post-doctoral training at Stanford University. Dr. Farnham previously held Professorships at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at the University of California-Davis where she was the Associate Director of the UC Davis Genome Center. Dr. Farnham is an international leader in the study of chromatin regulation and its control of transcription factor binding and function. She is a member of an international consortia of genomic scientists working on the ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA elements) Project and a member of an NIH Roadmap Reference Epigenome Mapping Center. Based on her contributions to biomedical research, she was elected as a fellow of AAAS in 2010 and in 2012 she received the ASBMB Herbert A Sober Award, which recognizes outstanding biochemical and molecular biological research with particular emphasis on the development of methods and techniques to aid in research.