Professor of Biostatistics
Senior Associate Dean for Research
Dr. Francesca Dominici is Professor of Biostatistics, Senior Associate Dean for Research, and Associate Dean of Information Technology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 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.
Dr. Francesca Dominici is a passionate data scientist; her research focuses on the development of statistical methods for the analysis of large and complex data. She leads several interdisciplinary groups of scientists with the ultimate goal of addressing important questions in environmental health science, climate change, comparative effectiveness research, and health policy.
Dr. Dominici has recently been recognized in Thomson Reuter’s 2015 list of the most highly cited researchers, ranking in the top 1% of scientists cited in her field. Read more here.
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In her role as Senior Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Dominici has led advancements to optimize the health of the Harvard Chan School’s research enterprise. She oversees the School’s Office of Research Strategy and Development (ORSD) and leads ORSD’s flagship faculty grant-writing short course. In addition to her own extensive research program, as Senior Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Dominici has 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 has 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.
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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.