Department of Biomedical Informatics
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Harvard Data Science Initiative
Dr. Zitnik is a computer scientist studying applied machine learning with a focus on challenges brought forward by data in science, medicine, and health.
Dr. Zitnik joined Harvard as an Assistant Professor in December 2019. Before joining Harvard, she was a postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science at Stanford University, working with Jure Leskovec. She was also a member of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub at Stanford. She received her bachelor’s degree, double majoring in computer science and mathematics, and then graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Ljubljana just three years later while also researching at Imperial College London, University of Toronto, Baylor College of Medicine, and Stanford University.
Her algorithms and methods have had a tangible impact, which has garnered interests of government, academic, and industry researchers and has put new tools in the hands of practitioners. Some of her methods are used by major biomedical institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stanford Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Her work received several best paper, poster, and research awards from the International Society for Computational Biology. She has recently been named a Rising Star in EECS by MIT and also a Next Generation in Biomedicine by Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, being the only young scientist who received such recognition in both EECS and Biomedicine.