Dr. Onnela joined the Department as an Assistant Professor in 2011. He serves on the Master of Data Science Committee and the Executive Committee for the Master of Science in Computational Biology and Quantitative Genetics. Dr. Onnela is also the developer and lecturer of the popular HarvardX course “Using Python for Research.” He is a Steering Committee Member of both the Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, and the Phenotyping Project at the Stanley Center, Broad Institute. He is an Advisory Panel Member at the Centre in Precision Healthcare at Imperial College, London.
As part of his digital phenotyping work, supported by his 2013 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, he has developed the Beiwe Research Platform for high-throughput digital phenotyping, which allows investigators to collect and analyze social and behavioral data from smartphones. The platform is currently used in over a dozen studies involving primarily neuropsychiatric patient cohorts at various Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals.