Dr. David Shaw is the Founder of The D. E. Shaw Group and serves as Chief Scientist. He is also an Angel Investor. While Shaw remains involved in certain higher-level strategic decisions affecting the investment management businesses of the D. E. Shaw group, he is no longer actively involved in their day-to-day operations. Dr. Shaw received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1980 and served on the faculty of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University until 1986 when he left to pursue the emerging field of computational finance. He initiated his work on computational biochemistry in 2001, began building the scientific team at D. E. Shaw Research in 2002, and resumed his affiliation with Columbia in 2005.