Clarence James Gamble Professor of Biostatistics, Population and Data Science
Co-Director of the Data Science Initiative

Department of Biostatistics

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Dr. Francesca Dominici is Professor of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Co-Director of the Data Science Initiative at Harvard University. She was recruited to the Harvard Chan School as a tenured Professor of Biostatistics in 2009. She was appointed Associate Dean of Information Technology in 2011 and Senior Associate Dean for Research in 2013.

For a detailed overview of Dr. Dominici’s academic and professional contributions, read her extended bio.

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In her current role as co-director of the Data Science Initiative at Harvard University Dr. Dominici is building on the collaborations that already exist across the University to foster a rich and cohesive data science community, bringing together scholars from across disciplines and schools. In addition to carrying out the academic plan of the initiative, she oversees the operations and distribution of seed funding and helps to raise funds to support its key programmatic activities.

In her past role as Senior Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Dominici led advancements to optimize the health of the Harvard Chan School’s research enterprise. She oversaw the School’s Office of Research Strategy and Development (ORSD) and led ORSD’s flagship faculty grant-writing short course. In addition to her own extensive research program, as Senior Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Dominici provided scientific leadership in the submission of numerous proposals designed to advance the School’s and University’s scientific innovation.

In her role as Associate Dean of Information Technology, Dr. Dominici led new initiatives to improve the research computing infrastructure at the Harvard Chan School. Dr. Dominici worked closely with the senior leadership at the School of Public Health and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) to execute a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to allow Chan School faculty, researchers, staff, and students to access the FAS Research Computing environment (Odyssey). Odyssey is Harvard’s largest supercomputer, spanning three data centers for a total of 9,641 square feet dedicated to compute. Access to this state-of-the-art computing cluster has transformed the research computing landscape at the Chan School, positioning the School at the forefront of the Big Data revolution and allowing Chan School faculty to pursue Big Data driven research that is pushing the frontiers of science.

Read more about Dr. Dominici’s leadership roles here.


In addition to her research interests and administrative leadership roles, Dr. Dominici has demonstrated a career-long commitment to promoting diversity in academia. She is the current chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Read more about Dr. Dominici’s commitment to diversity here.