Marinka Zitnik

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Computer Science
Stanford University
{ biomedical data science, machine learning, network science, genomics, data fusion }

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in Computer Science at Stanford University where I work with Jure Leskovec and collaborate closely with major biomedical research departments worldwide. I am also a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub postdoctoral researcher.

My research investigates machine learning for biomedical sciences, focusing on large networks of interactions between biomedical entities--e.g., proteins, drugs, diseases, and patients. I leverage these networks at the scale of billions of interactions among millions of entities and develop new methods blending machine learning with statistical methods and network science.

I use my methods to answer burning scientific questions, such as how Darwinian evolution changes molecular networks, and how data-driven algorithms accelerate scientific discovery; and I use the methods to solve high-impact problems, such as what drugs and combinations of drugs are safe for patients, what molecules will treat what diseases, and how newborns are transferred between hospitals and how these transfers influence outcomes.

I received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Ljubljana in 2015 while also researching at Imperial College London, University of Toronto, Baylor College of Medicine, and Stanford University. I obtained a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematics in 2012.

I am excited to be named a Rising Star in EECS by MIT! I am honored to be one of the Next Generation in Biomedicine by The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT!

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