Marinka Zitnik is a postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science at Stanford University. She will join Harvard University as a tenure-track assistant professor in Artificial Intelligence for Medicine in Fall 2019.
Her research investigates machine learning for sciences, focusing on large networks of interactions between biomedical entities--e.g., proteins, drugs, diseases, and patients.
She leverages these networks at the scale of billions of interactions among millions of entities and develops new methods blending machine learning with statistical methods and network science. Her methods have had a tangible impact in biology, genomics, and medicine, and are used by major biomedical institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stanford Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Ljubljana while also researching at Imperial College London, University of Toronto, Baylor College of Medicine, and Stanford University. Her work received several best paper, poster, and research awards from the International Society for Computational Biology.
She was named a Rising Star in EECS by MIT and also a Next Generation in Biomedicine by The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, being the only young scientist who received such recognition in both EECS and Biomedicine. She is also a member of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub at Stanford.