Our Fellows & Postdocs
The Institute’s community of fellows and post-doctoral researchers spans more than 10 schools and 25 departments across Boston University’s Charles River and Medical Campuses. As members of the Institute, each Fellow commits to bring their individual expertise to cross-disciplinary projects addressing healthcare’s greatest challenges in the United States and globally.
Rhoda Au, PhD (Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Rhoda Au
is Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology at Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public. She also currently serves as Director of Neuropsychology at the Framingham Heart Study, where she has been involved in research related to cognitive aging and preclinical/clinical dementia since 1990. She is also interested in how “big data” analytics can better inform our understanding of disease pathways and treatment.
Tamar Barlam, MD (Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Tamar Barlam
is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases, the Program Director of the Infectious Disease Training Program, and the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship for the Boston Medical Center. She has close to 30 years’ experience directing antimicrobial stewardship programs. Her research is focused on understanding factors that influence antimicrobial prescribing, and the implementation and impact of stewardship interventions.
Azer Bestavros, PhD (Computer Science, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Azer Bestavros
is the Founding Director of the Hariri Institute for Computing at Boston University. He is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and holds affiliated appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering and in Systems Engineering. A distinguished educator and scholar, Professor Bestavros pursues research in networking, distributed computing, cybersecurity, and high-assurance systems. His seminal contributions include pioneering studies of web push caching through content distribution networks, self-similar Internet traffic characterization, game-theoretic cloud resource management, and safety certification of networked systems and software.
Margrit Betke, PhD (Computer Science, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Margrit Betke
is a Professor of Computer Science at Boston University, where she co-leads the Image and Video Computing Research Group. She conducts research in computer vision, in particular, the development of methods for detection, segmentation, registration, and tracking of objects in visible-light, infrared, and x-ray image data. She has worked on gesture, vehicle, and animal tracking, video-based human-computer interfaces, statistical object recognition, and medical imaging analysis.
Belinda Borrelli, PhD (Health Policy & Health Services Research, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine)
Dr. Belinda Borrelli, PhD
is Professor and Director, Center for Behavioral Sciences Research at Boston University, in the Department of Health Policy and Health Services Research, Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Over the past 20+ years, Prof. Borrelli’s research has focused on developing and testing treatments to motivate smoking cessation and secondhand smoke reduction, improving oral health and dietary behaviors, and promoting adherence to medications and treatment regimens for chronic diseases including sleep apnea, cystic fibrosis, and asthma. She specializes in integrating theory based treatments into public health contexts, and targeting underserved populations such as those with low income, inner city youth and adults, Latinos, people with mobility impairments, medically ill populations, older adults, and Native-Americans. Dr. Borrelli is also developing and testing mobile health platforms to initiate and sustain health behavior change.
Debby Carr, PhD (Sociology, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Deborah Carr
is Professor and Chair in the Sociology department at Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. Dr. Carr has held faculty positions at University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin, and most recently at Rutgers University, where she was acting director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy & Aging Research. Her research interests include aging and the life course, psychosocial factors influences on health over the life course, and end-of-life issues.
Iain Cockburn, PhD (Strategy & Innovation, Boston University Questrom School of Business)
Dr. Iain M. Cockburn
is professor of finance and economics and Richard C. Shipley Professor in the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Cockburn currently serves on the Government Industry Partnerships for the Development of New Technologies, National Research Council, and Steering Committee in Washington, DC. He has testified in cases in the US and Canada.
Gerald Denis, PhD (Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Gerald Denis
is an Associate Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and a molecular oncologist with experience in chromatin control of transcription in cancer. He pioneered studies of the BET bromodomains proteins, a family comprised of BRD2 (originally named RING3), BRD3 and BRD4 in somatic cells, which are important as transcriptional co-regulators. He was the first to report a function for a BET protein, and to link these co-regulators to human cancer.
Mari-Lynn Drainoni, PhD (Health, Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health)
Dr. Mari-Lynn Drainoni, M.Ed., Ph.D.
, is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health; Associate Professor in the Section of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine in the Boston University School of Medicine; and Co-Director of the Evans Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences at Boston University. Dr. Drainoni’s areas of expertise include the conduct of program evaluation and implementation research, and qualitative research methods. Her specific studies have focused on vulnerable and under-served populations, with a special focus on persons with HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, substance abuse and mental illness, individuals with dual and triple diagnoses, and persons with physical and cognitive disabilities. She also has a strong background in managed care and in developing and implementing systems of care for complex populations.
Jeffrey Furman, PhD (Strategy & Innovation, Boston University Questrom School of Business)
Dr. Jeffrey L. Furman (Ph.D. 2001, MIT-Sloan)
is Associate Professor of Strategy & Innovation at Boston University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Furman’s research addresses issues at the intersection of Strategy, International Business, and Innovation. His recent projects examine the strategic management of science-based firms, the impact of institutions on cumulative innovation, and science and innovation policy.
Judith Gonyea, PhD (Social Research, Boston University School of Social Work)
Dr. Judith G. Gonyea
is a Professor of Social Work and Chair of Social Research. Her current research emphasis is on intergenerational family relations, family caregiving, work-family interface, older women’s economic and health status, vulnerable urban elders, aging politics and policies and evaluation of community-based programs and services.
Janusz Konrad, PhD (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
Dr. Janusz Konrad
is a member of the Information Sciences and Systems (ISS) Group, where he heads the Visual Information Processing (VIP) Laboratory. He is also a member of the Center for Information and Systems Engineering, and the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. His current research interests concentrate on visual sensor networks (camera webs), advanced video processing and compression, next generation human-computer interfaces, stereoscopic and 3-D imaging, multidimensional digital signal processing, and biomedical imaging.
Thea James, MD (Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center)
Dr. Thea L. James
is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center/Boston University School of Medicine. She also serves as the Associate Chief Medical Officer, Vice President of Mission, and Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) at Boston Medical Center. Dr. James’ passion is in Public Health both domestically and globally. She is a Supervising Medical Officer on the Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team, under the Department of Health and Human Services, which has responded to several disasters in the United States and across the globe.
Glenn Markenson, MD (Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center)
Glenn Markenson, MD, is the Director of the Boston University School of Medicine’s Center for Military Health and a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Markenson joined the BUMC community in 2016 as professor of OBGYN and director of Maternal Fetal Medicine and the Antenatal Fetal Testing Unit at Boston Medical Center. A retired colonel, Markenson’s military career spanned more than 25 years including active duty Army, the Army Reserves and the Air National Guard. Deployed as a physician during Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, he has hands-on experience regarding the unique health concerns of our military members, both during war and peacetime operations. Serving as a military physician, flight surgeon and medical group commander, he has extensive experience in pre- and post-deployment medicine. He has a long interest in research to improve the health of military personnel. His first published paper was on the impact of women’s health during Desert Storm.
D. Keith McInnes, ScD (Health Law, Policy, & Management, Boston University School of Public Health)
Dr. D. Keith McInnes
conducts research on access to and engagement in health care services for hard to reach, vulnerable populations. Current BU School of Public Health projects include assessing the use of mobile technology to increase chronic disease self-management for persons experiencing homelessness. He has taught a course on the impact of health information technologies on health systems. In addition to his BU School of Public Health appointment, he is a Research Health Scientist in the Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) at the Bedford, Massachusetts VA Medical Center.
Jordana Muroff , PhD (Clinical Practice, Boston University School of Social Work)
Dr. Jordana Muroff, LICSW
, is an Associate Professor at the BU School of Social Work. Her research and clinical practice interests integrate the following areas (1) developing and disseminating evidence-based practice interventions (e.g., group cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for hoarding); (2) generating innovative, technology supported evidence-based interventions (e.g., web-based, smartphone); and (3) reducing inequities and improving access to mental health and substance use services for vulnerable populations. She has led a number of SAMHSA and foundation funded research trials in collaboration with community agencies, specifically focused on developing and disseminating evidence based therapies in Latinx communities. She has also led funded research trials utilizing technology to deliver mental health interventions.
Michael Otto, PhD (Psychological & Brain Sciences, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Michael Otto
is Professor of Psychology at Boston University and Director of the Translational Research Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Dr. Otto specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) of anxiety, mood, and substance use disorders. An enduring theme across these disorders is the role of exposure-based emotional tolerance/acceptance strategies in improving mental health.
Ioannis Paschalidis, PhD (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Paschalidis
is a Professor in the College of Engineering at Boston University with a joint appointment in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Division of Systems Engineering. He is Director of the Center for Information and Systems Engineering (CISE) – a Boston University research center with 39 affiliated faculty, more than 100 affiliated graduate students and on the order of $6.6 million of annual research expenditures from sponsored research directed by CISE faculty. He is also affiliated with the BioMolecular Engineering Research Center (BMERC).
Abraham (Avi) Seidmann, PhD (Information Systems, Boston University Questrom School of Business)
Professor Abraham (Avi) Seidmann
is the Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar of Information Systems and an Associate Research Director for Health Analytics and Digital Health at the Digital Business Institute. He is a national expert in the areas of Digital Health and Telemedicine, and has been leading clinical and economic research in these areas for the past 20 years. Professor Seidmann is the author of over one hundred research articles, has over 8,000 research citations, and in October 2012 he was named a “Distinguished Fellow” by the Institute of Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Information Systems Society of INFORMS. The award was given to him in recognition of his contributions to the information systems discipline. Professor Seidmann has consulted and worked together with America’s foremost pharmaceutical companies and Hospital systems, and earlier this year he got invited to join the New York State Corona Task Force addressing the ‘safe opening’ policies in the state. Prior to joining Boston University, Professor Seidmann has taught at the University of Rochester, Tel Aviv University, Ben Gurion University, the Technion and at Yale University.
Anita Tucker, DBA (Operations & Technology Management, Boston University Questrom School of Business)
Dr. Anita L. Tucker
is an Associate Professor at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. Prior to joining Boston University, Professor Tucker taught at Wharton, Harvard, and Brandeis Business Schools. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, and a doctorate in Business Administration. Before pursuing her doctorate, Anita worked in operations positions for General Mills and the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics. Her manufacturing experiences are therefore diverse: ranging from fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt to nuclear submarines.
Richard West, PhD (Computer Science, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Richard West
joined the Boston University Department of Computer Science in 2000 after completing his PhD at Georgia Tech. Rich is a tinkerer of systems, notably, but not limited to, those in embedded and real-time computing. He likes to take a principled approach to system design, having dabbled in the development of standalone kernels and resource management policies where safety and predictability are paramount. He has studied real-time scheduling and resource management, cache-aware performance of multicore processors, and machine virtualization, amongst other topics. He is currently leading the development of the Quest real-time operating system for multicore processors.
Muhammad Zaman, PhD (Biomedical Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
Dr. Muhammad Zaman
is a Professor in the College of Engineering and the principal investigator of the Laboratory for Molecular & Cellular Dynamics at Boston University and a Faculty Fellow of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and was a Herman and Margaret Sokol Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in cancer research at MIT. Dr. Zaman’s research focuses on understanding the systems biology of tumor invasion and metastasis. The second main thrust of his research focuses on developing computational and experimental tools to improve the quality of life, education, and the practice of medicine in the developing world.
Stacy Andersen, PhD (Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Stacy Andersen
is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine. Dr. Andersen has been investigating cognitive function in long-lived individuals and their family members in the New England Centenarian Study and the Long Life Family Study. While her earlier work involved the investigation of the delay or escape of age-related illnesses and disability in centenarians and their family members, she is now investigating a variety of potential modifiers of cognitive function in individuals with familial longevity and novel methods of detecting cognitive change using digital technologies.
Jennifer Beane-Ebel, PhD (Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
is an Assistant professor of Medicine in the Section of Computational Biomedicine at the BU School of Medicine. Her areas of research include applying computational approaches to understand the genomics of smoking and early molecular alterations in the process of carcinogenesis to develop gene expression-based diagnostics for lung cancer and tools for lung cancer interception. She is currently involved in projects to create a lung pre-cancer atlas that will provide both spatial and single cell resolution of early alterations in pre-cancerous lung tissue.
James Bessen, AB (Technology & Policy Research Initiative, Boston University School of Law)
, an economist, serves as Executive Director of the Technology & Policy Research Initiative at Boston University School of Law. Mr. Bessen has done research on whether patents promote innovation, why innovators share new knowledge, and how technology affects jobs, skills, and wages. With Michael J. Meurer, Bessen wrote Patent Failure (Princeton University Press, 2008), highlighting the problems caused by poorly defined property rights. His research first documented the large economic damage caused by patent trolls and showed the link between information technology and job growth.
Thomas Byrne, PhD (Social Welfare Policy, Boston University School of Social Work)
Dr. Thomas Byrne
is an Assistant Professor of Social Welfare Policy at the Boston University School of Social Work. Thomas Byrne is interested in the causes and conditions of homelessness, public housing and community investment. Byrne was previously an investigator at the United States Department of Veterans National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans and is currently a member of the Research Advisory Committee at HEARTH, Inc.
Catherine Caldwell-Harris, PhD (Psychological & Brain Sciences, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Catherine Caldwell-Harris
is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at BU CAS. Her research in the cognitive and behavioral sciences includes psycholinguistics, cross-cultural psychology, and individual differences. Dr. Caldwell-Harris has also studied science-religion clashes in Turkey, and low religious belief in individuals with Asperger Syndrome. A new project is to harness artificial intelligence and commercially available voice recognition technology to develop tools which can facilitate language development in children with autism.
Chelsea McGuire, MD (Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Chelsea McGuire, MD
is a Volunteer Assistant Professor in the Boston University Department of Family Medicine; a June 2020 graduate of the CREST program and Family Medicine-General Internal Medicine-General Pediatrics Academic Fellowship Program; and the Research Director of the Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance Family Medicine Specialty Training Program in Lesotho. Dr. McGuire’s research areas of interest are in primary care research capacity building, especially in low- and middle- income countries, healthcare provider wellness and burnout prevention, mind-body medicine, as well as more broadly in program evaluation and implementation science. She is a practicing family physician with interests in integrative medicine, LGBTQI and women’s health, and group visits. She loves to mentor, teach, and strives to use her work as a vehicle for advancing equity.
Vipul Chitalia, MD, PhD (Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Vipul Chitalia
is a physician-scientist and an Associate Professor of the Department of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine and an affiliate of Institute of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT and a member of Global Co-creation Lab at MIT. Being a practicing physician, his research is deeply rooted in clinical medicine at the intersection of cardiovascular disease, cancer and nephrology. Leveraging an array of models and cutting-edge tools starting from molecular level to animal models, computational medicine, human subject research and artificial intelligence, his laboratory is currently addressing major bottlenecks in the field of nephrology and hemodialysis. His reverse translational model of bedside-bench-bedside has contributed to the fundamental understanding of cardiovascular diseases in patients of kidney failure and cancer. His NIH- and private-funded laboratory provides a breadth of experience to trainees to clinical medicine, molecular biology, translational medicine and impact of current clinical problems on economics in the dynamic landscape of healthcare in the United States.
Alice Cronin-Golomb, PhD (Psychological & Brain Sciences, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1984 with a Ph.D. in Psychobiology, after receiving a B.A. in Biology-Psychology from Wesleyan University. She joined Boston University in 1989 and is a faculty member in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (in both the Clinical Program and the Program in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition), as well as in the interdisciplinary Center for Systems Neuroscience and Neurophotonics Center. Dr. Cronin-Golomb’s research focus is on the neural correlates of perception, cognition, and other aspects of psychological functioning in aging and age-related neurodegenerative disease, principally Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
James Cummings, PhD (Emerging Media Studies, Boston University College of Communication)
Dr. James Cummings
is Co-Director of the Communication Research Center and Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Studies at BU COM. He completed his doctoral studies in the Department of Communication at Stanford University. He conducts research in human-computer interaction and the psychological processing of media, with areas of focus including multitasking, emotion, motivation and physiological responses. His recent work examines patterns and effects of task-switching during media use, the technological factors influencing user presence in immersive environments, and potential of virtual reality technologies for eliciting empathetic responses in users.
Ellen DeVoe, PhD (Clinical Practice, Boston University School of Social Work)
Dr. Ellen DeVoe
is a nationally recognized expert in trauma and families. She is interested in developing and disseminating community-driven and culturally responsive prevention and intervention programs to mitigate the impact of violence exposure on families and children. For more than a decade, DeVoe has directed the Strong Families Strong Forces program, an intervention research project funded by the Department of Defense focused on developing a parenting program to support military parents with very young children throughout cycles of deployment and reintegration. At BUSSW, DeVoe served as director of Trauma & Violence specialization and the inaugural director of the PhD Program in Social Work. At the national level, DeVoe is a member of the consensus study team for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Strengthening the Military Family Readiness System for a Changing American Society.
Theresa Ellis, PhD (Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College)
Dr. Theresa Ellis
is an Assistant Professor at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College in the Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training. Her research focuses on investigating the impact of exercise and rehabilitation on the progression of disability in individuals with Parkinson disease. Dr. Ellis is also the Director of the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University where she conducts research, provides clinical consultations and education to healthcare professionals and to persons with neurological disorders. In addition, Dr. Ellis directs the American Parkinson Disease Association National Rehabilitation Resource Center housed at Boston University.
Dora Erdos, PhD (Computer Science, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Dora Erdos
is a Lecturer in Computer Science and Undergraduate Program Director at BU CAS CS. She is interested in algorithmically challenging problems, and has been working on questions in data mining and combinatorial optimization. Many of the problems she is working on are defined on networks or can be modeled by one.
Daniel Fulford, PhD (Occupational Therapy, Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College)
Dr. Daniel Fulford
is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Occupational Therapy at Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College. He is a clinical psychologist whose research centers on uncovering mechanisms involved in human motivation—the drive to set, strive for, and accomplish goals—and how an improved understanding of these mechanisms can help us identify barriers to goal attainment. He uses both experimental studies conducted in laboratory settings, as well as ambulatory assessment done in the “real-world,” to better understand barriers to motivation and participation across a variety of health problems, including serious mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia and bipolar disorder).
James Galagan, PhD (Biomedical Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
Dr. James Galagan
received his B.S. in Computer and Electrical Engineering from UC Davis, and his PhD in Computational Neuroscience from MIT. In 1998 he joined the Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research which then became the Broad Institute, where he rose to the position of Associate Director for Microbial Genome Analysis. In 2009, he joined Boston University as an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Microbiology. He has served as the Associate Director for Systems Biology at the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory, the Director of the BU Illumina Sequencing Core Facility. He currently serves as the Associate Director for the Precision Diagnostics Center. He enjoys travel, reading, movies and various sporting activities.
Katherine Gergen Barnett, MD (Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Katherine Gergen Barnett
is the Vice Chair for Primary Care Innovation and Transformation in the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center. She also serves as the Medical Director of the Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) within Boston Medical Center where she works as a primary care physician. Katherine joined the ACC Family Medicine Practice team in 2009 after completing her Family Medicine Residency Program and her chief residency at Boston University. Originally from Washington, D.C. Katherine attended Yale University School of Medicine. Her primary interests are behavioral health integration, preventive medicine, nutrition, mindfulness-based stress reduction, women’s health, and group care.
Joseph Harris, PhD (Sociology, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Helen Jenkins, PhD (Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health)
Dr. Helen Jenkins
was selected as a Rafik Hariri Institute Junior Faculty Fellow beginning in Fall 2017. Helen has a M.Sc. in Biostatistics from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Ph.d. in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from Imperial College, London. She is interested in novel ways to analyze data that can have a public health impact in the field of infectious diseases. In recent years, she has focused on tuberculosis including developing new estimates of pediatric TB incidence and mortality, and spatial methods to understand geographic heterogeneity of TB.
Rebecca Khurshid, PhD (Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
Dr. Rebecca Khurshid
is an Assistant Professor at the BU College of Engineering, where she also leads the Collaborative and Integrative Robotics (CAIR) Laboratory. Rebecca’s research seeks to create robotic technology that allows humans and robots to work together to accomplish tasks that were previously impossible for human-robot teams. Together with her students, she designs new algorithmic and hardware solutions to improve the robots’ ability to gather data, communicate, and act while working intimately with a human. She invents new technologies using data-driven and human-centered design methodologies, and rigorously evaluates these technologies through formal human subject evaluations.
Swathi Kiran, PhD (Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College)
Dr. Swathi Kiran
is The James and Cecelia Ying Professor of Neurorehabilitation in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences and the Associate Dean for Research at College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University. Her research interests focus around lexical semantic treatment for individuals with aphasia, bilingual aphasia and neuroimaging of brain plasticity following a stroke. She has over 100 publications and her work has appeared in high impact journals across a variety of disciplines including cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, rehabilitation, speech language pathology and bilingualism. She is a fellow of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and serves on various journal editorial boards and grant review panels including at National Institutes of Health. Her work has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health/NIDCD and American Speech Language Hearing Foundation awards including the New Investigator grant, the New Century Scholar’s Grant and the Clinical Research grant. She is the co-founder and scientific advisor for Constant Therapy, now owned by The Learning Corporation, a software platform for rehabilitation tools after brain injury.
Vijaya Kolachalama, PhD (Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Vijaya Kolachalama
is an Assistant Professor of Computational Biomedicine at the BU School of Medicine. His laboratory’s research areas are machine learning and computer vision for precision medicine and device-artery interactions, interfacial mechanics and drug delivery.
Arunima Krishna, PhD (Public Relations, Boston University College of Communication)
Dr. Arunima Krishna
is interested in publics’ communication behaviors related to controversial social issues, particularly issues related to scientific knowledge. Her most recent research looks at how individuals’ knowledge deficiency about vaccines impacts their attitudes, motivations, and behaviors about vaccine safety. She is also interested in how publics’ perceptions and attitudes about issues relate to their attitudes about certain organizations. Dr. Krishna has taught a variety of courses, including public relations writing.
Deepak Kumar, PhD (Physical Therapy & Athletic Training, Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College)
is a clinician-scientist and directs the Movement & Applied Imaging Lab at BU. The overarching goal of his research program is to enable optimal quality and quantity of movement across the lifespan for individuals either at-risk of, or those with, hip or knee osteoarthritis. His group investigates biomechanical mechanisms underlying tissue damage in these populations, and uses this knowledge to develop effective, feasible, and scalable interventions to improve the quality of life. Additionally, they also develop innovative mobile health solutions for monitoring and delivering interventions to improve quality and quantity of movement.
Honghuang Lin, PhD (Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Honghuang Lin
is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. His research is focused on the development of computational tools to study molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease using multi-omics data. He is also developing machine learning based models for the early diagnosis of diseases using a combination of blood biomarkers, images, and digital data. His objective is to develop novel strategies for the disease risk stratification and prevention.
William Macleod, PhD (Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health)
Dr. William Macleod
is a public health data scientist with training in demography, epidemiology and biostatistics who uses his skills to answer policy relevant programmatic questions related to the management of HIV treatment programs. For the past 7 years, Dr. Macleod has been based in South Africa where he has collaborated on research and monitoring & evaluation projects with South African government institutions. He is the Co-Principal Investigator of a USAID funded project that has developed dashboards and other tools for monitoring the HIV treatment program in South Africa.
Kimberly Mak, MD, MPH (Radiation Oncology, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Kimberley S. Mak
is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center (BMC). Originally from Toronto, Canada, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College, her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and her Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. At BMC, Dr. Mak leads the radiosurgery program for lung and gastrointestinal malignancies, and serves as the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Commission on Cancer.
Her research focuses on outcomes research including patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and quality of life, as well as health disparities and quality improvement. She led the development of the Lung Cancer Standard Set for the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement. As PROs are increasingly recognized as important endpoints predictive of survival outcomes for cancer patients, she aims to determine the feasibility of routine collection of electronic PROs in the safety-net oncology patient population at BMC. She hypothesizes that the prevalence and severity of short-term and long-term symptoms due to cancer and its treatment are underreported, and aims to characterize the magnitude and determinants of identified unmet needs and disparities.
Suzanne Mitchell, MD (Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Suzanne Mitchell
is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine/ Boston Medical Center and board certified in family and palliative medicine. She received her medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Masters of Science in Clinical Research from UCLA. Dr. Mitchell completed family medicine residency training at the White Memorial Medical Center Family Medicine Residency program in Los Angeles CA where she continued her work and research in cross cultural communication and cultural competency until 2006 when she relocated to Boston, MA. Dr. Mitchell’s expertise and interests include: cultural competency; health disparities; shared decision making; motivational interviewing; PCMH team development; transition of care; palliative care.
Caroline Morgan Berchuck, MD (Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Caroline Morgan Berchuck
is the Complex Care Fellow at Boston University Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy, where she focuses on innovation of healthcare delivery systems for high-cost, high-need patients. Caroline implements and evaluates programs for complex patient populations, with a focus on transforming acute care delivery for these patients. Clinically, she is a primary care provider at a specialized, home-based, multidisciplinary practice for patients with complex medical and social needs and disabilities at Commonwealth Care Alliance, and is the founding Medical Director of the Complex Care Consult Service at Boston Medical Center.
Pengsheng Ni, MD (Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health)
Dr. Pengsheng Ni
has a medical degree from Shanghai Medical University and is Research Associate Professor of Health Law, Policy & Management at Boston University School of Public Health. His main research interest is statistical methodology development and application for patient report outcome. His current work is applying different Item Response Theory (IRT) models to practical health care assessment issues, building Unidimensional and Multidimensional Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) models.
Thomas Perls, MD, MPH, FACP (Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine)
Dr. Thomas Perls
is a Professor of Medicine at the BU School of Medicine, with expertise in epidemiology, genetics of aging and exceptional longevity. Dr. Perls is among the international leaders in the field of human exceptional longevity. He is founder and director of the New England Centenarian Study, the largest study of centenarians and their families in the world. He is also a principal investigator of the NIA-funded Long Life Family Study. Dr. Perls is also a vocal critic of the “anti-aging” industry.
Julia Raifman, ScD, SM (Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health
Julia Raifman, ScD, SM is an Assistant Professor of Health, Law, Policy & Management at the BU School of Public Health. She conducts research on health and social policy drivers of population health and health inequities. Dr. Raifman focuses her work on mental health and infectious diseases. Examples of her research include analyses of the relationship between LGBT rights and mental health, of the association between state firearm policies and suicide, and of racial and ethnic disparities in the use of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. Dr. Raifman’s research has been covered in the New York Times, The Guardian, National Public Radio, and The Advocate. Dr. Raifman teaches Quantitative Methods for Health Services and Policy Research. She enjoys mentoring and is committed to promoting the success of diverse students. Dr. Raifman received her doctoral and masters degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins prior to joining Boston University.
Tommaso Ranzani, PhD (Mechanical Engineering and Systems Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
is an Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at Boston University, and manages the Morphable Biorobotics Lab
. He has extensive experience in the development of medical robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS). He explored different technologies and developed a number of manufacturing paradigms to design and manufacture innovative robotic systems and tools. His main research area is soft robotics, he has explored soft robotic technologies to develop novel manipulators, which integrate design principles from biological systems for performing advanced procedures in MIS.
He is interested in expanding the potential of soft robots across different scales to develop novel reconfigurable soft-bodied robots.
Reza Rawassizadeh, PhD (Computer Science, Boston University Metropolitan College)
Reza Rawassizadeh, PhD
is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the Boston University Metropolitan College and a faculty member with the BU MET Health Informatics Lab. His research interest focuses on ubiquitous technologies including wearables, mobile devices and robots. He has made notable contributions in designing resource efficient machine learning algorithms to operate on battery powered devices. These machine learning algorithms were cloud-independent and small devices such as smartwatches or fitness trackers can execute them without any network requirement. Before joining academia, he has worked for six years in industry including Siemens (the largest European Engineering Corporation) and the United Nations.
Joseph Restuccia, PhD (Operations & Technology Management, Boston University Questrom School of Business)
Dr. Joseph Restuccia
is Professor and Chair of the Operations and Technology Management Department and Dean’s Research Scholar in the Boston University Questrom School of Business. His teaching and research spans over 35 years and has focused on issues related to health care quality measurement and improvement, cost containment, information technology, system transformation, and evaluation of interventions intended to improve effectiveness of health care delivery.
Darren Roblyer, PhD (Biomedical Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
is an Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering and is the principal investigator of the Biomedical Optical Technologies Lab at Boston University. Dr. Roblyer’s research group develops new label-free optical imaging and spectroscopy modalities to characterise tissue. A main thrust of his lab is the development of new wearable and handheld technologies that can provide earlier assessments of therapy effectiveness for cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Sheila Russo, PhD (Mechanical Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
Professor Sheila Russo
is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering. Russo’s background is at the intersection of biomedical robotics, soft robotics, advanced manufacturing, and advanced materials technologies. Her research focuses on design, development, and fabrication of biocompatible, smart, soft, and miniaturized surgical robots that could help restore sensor feedback and distal dexterity in minimally invasive procedures. She is interested in developing robotic technologies to improve human health, tackling current limitations in medicine as well as enabling novel therapies not possible to perform today.
Paul R. Shafer, PhD (Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health)
is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Law, Policy, and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health and an investigator at the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center at the Boston VA Healthcare System. His research focuses on the effects of the structure and implementation of state and federal health insurance policy on coverage, health care use, and health. His big picture interest is in understanding the effect of social policies and programs on health and well-being. Do they actually work? Are the benefits and costs realized by all? If they don’t work or have unintended consequences, can we understand why and propose changes? He is a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar and previously served as a research economist in the Center for Health Policy Science and Tobacco Research at RTI International and a junior fellow in the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He holds a PhD in health policy and management with a concentration in health economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MA in applied economics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BA in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jeffrey J. Siracuse, MD (Surgery and Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine)
Jeffrey J. Siracuse, MD, RPVI
, Attending Surgeon, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Boston Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Surgery and Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine, received his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, research fellowship in the Harvard-Longwood Vascular Research Training Program, and his clinical Fellowship in Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University College of Physicians Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.
His research and clinical interests include minimally invasive and open treatment of aortic aneurysms, critical limb ischemia, cerebrovascular disease, dialysis access, thoracic outlet syndrome, and venous disease.
Linda Sprague-Martinez, PhD (Macro Practice, Boston University School of Social Work)
Linda Sprague Martinez, PhD
is an assistant professor of Macro Social Work Practice, her work bridges Social Work, Public Health and Medicine. Her work examines how assets can be recognized and leveraged by communities to improve living environments and health. She is specifically interested in examining asset-based strategies to tackle health inequities; as such community engaged research (CEnR) approaches like community based participatory research (CBPR) and youth led participatory action research (YPAR) are central to her work. Having formerly worked across municipal and state governmental divisions implementing disparities related policies and programs, and as an adolescent mental health provider, she brings practical expertise in community collaborations designed to engage diverse communities of color and low-income residents in community planning and intervention development. Dr. Sprague Martinez is an effective participatory principal investigator who has received both federal and foundation funding to support her work. She has developed trust relationships with community partner organizations locally, regionally and nationally. In 2017 she was a Boston Housing Authority, Center for Community Engagement and Civil Rights, Resident Empowerment Coalition, Resident Empowerment Honoree. Dr. Sprague Martinez has expertise in qualitative research methods, CBPR, YPAR, photovoice, youth engagement and community assessment and planning.
Ari Trachtenberg, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University, where he has been since September 2000. He received his PhD and MS in Computer Science (2000,1996) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his SB in 1994 from MIT. He has also been a visiting professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and worked at MIT Lincoln Lab, HP Labs, and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and has been awarded ECE Teaching Awards (BU, 2013/2003), a Kern fellowship (BU 2012), an NSF CAREER (BU 2002), and the Kuck Outstanding Thesis (UIUC 2000). His research interests include cyber security (smartphones, offensive and defensive), networking (security, sensors, localization); algorithms (data synchronization, file edits, file sharing), and error-correcting codes (rate less coding, feedback).
Ludovic Trinquart, PhD (Biostatistics, Boston University School of Public Health)
is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics for the Boston University School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. in Public Health from Paris Descartes University, graduated with an MPH from Paris-Sud University, and with an MSc from Paris Institute of Statistics (Institut de Statistiques de l’Universite de Paris, Pierre and Marie Curie University). Dr. Trinquart’s ongoing research is focused on the development of statistical methods for survival data. He also leading research on the epidemiology of atrial fibrillation, with a focus on the lifetime risk for developing atrial fibrillation and its complications. He is also conducting research on evidence synthesis methods and meta-research by querying the processes of knowledge generation in biomedical research through quantitative epistemology.
Mina Tsay-Vogel, PhD (Emerging Media Studies, Boston University College of Communication)
, is an Associate Professor of Communication and Co-Director of the Communication Research Center
at BU’s College of Communication. She holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Penn State University and a B.A. High Honors in Communication Studies from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the psychological and social effects of mass media with an emphasis on entertainment and new media. Her teaching expertise includes communication theory, media effects, research methods, psychology of new media, and experimental design.
Selim Ünlü, PhD (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Boston University College of Engineering)
Professor M. Selim Ünlü
is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Boston University. His research interests are in nanophotonics and biophotonics focusing development of biological detection and imaging techniques, particularly in high-throughput digital biosensors based on detection of individual nanoparticles and viruses. Dr. Ünlü was the recipient of the NSF CAREER and ONR Young Investigator Awards in 1996. He has been selected as a Photonics Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2005-2007 and Australian Research Council Nanotechnology Network (ARCNN) Distinguished Lecturer for 2007. He has been elevated to IEEE Fellow rank in 2007 for his “contributions to optoelectronic devices” and OSA Fellow rank in 2017 for his “for pioneering contributions in utilization of optical interference in enhanced photodetectors and biological sensing and imaging.” In 2008, he was awarded the Science Award by the Turkish Scientific Foundation. His past professional service includes serving as the Editor-in-Chief for IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics.
Mayank Varia, PhD (Computer Science, Boston University College of Arts & Sciences)
Dr. Mayank Varia
, Research Associate Professor and Co-Director for the RISCS Center, leads the NSF Frontier MACS project. Prior to joining BU, he worked for four years at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. At MIT Lincoln Lab, he designed and evaluated high performance privacy-enhancing data search technology, created information theoretic metrics to quantify privacy, and developed algorithms to capture linguistic provenance automatically.
Dylan Walker, PhD (Information Systems, Boston University Questrom School of Business)
Dr. Dylan Walker
was an Institute Junior Faculty Fellow from fall 2013 to spring 2o16. He is an assistant professor of information systems at BU’s Questrom School of Business, which he joined in 2012. He received his PhD in Physics from SUNY Stony Brook in 2008, followed by a postdoctoral position at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is currently serving as the co-chair of the 2017 BU Data Science (BUDS) Day conference, as part of the Institute’s Data Science Initiative. His research applies empirical techniques to large-scale social networks and networked systems in order to understand the role of online interactions in the diffusion of information, behaviors, and dynamic processes.
Wesley Wildman, PhD (Philosophy, Theology, & Ethics, Boston University School of Theology)
is Professor of Philosophy, Theology, and Ethics at the BU School of Theology. He is a philosopher of religion specializing in the scientific study of religion and in the computational simulation of complex social problems to aid policy deliberation. His publications pursue a multidisciplinary, comparative approach to important topics within religious and theological studies, and he has lectured on these themes in many parts of the world.
Shana Burrowes, PhD, MPH (Social Innovation on Drug Resistance Program)
Shana Burrowes is a Postdoctoral Associate at IHSIP’s Social Innovation on Drug Resistance Program (SIDR), where she works with (PI) Tamar Barlam from the Section of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine (MED), in collaboration with Mari-Lynn Drainoni (Health, Law, Policy & Management; SPH) and Pengsheng Ni (Health Law, Policy & Management, SPH). She completed her PhD in Molecular Epidemiology with a focus on mindfulness intervention in migraine patients and its effect on grey matter volume and psychosocial co-morbidities. She joined the SIDR program to focus on antimicrobial stewardship and acquire skills in mixed-methods study implementation and analysis techniques.
Abdou Fofana, PhD (Social Innovation on Drug Resistance Program)
Abdou Fofana is a Postdoctoral Associate at IHSIP’s Social Innovation on Drug Resistance Postdoctoral Program (SIDR), where he works with (PIs) Helen Jenkins from Biostatistics department, School of Public Health (SPH) and Jacob Bor from the department of Global Health, School of Public Health (SPH). During his PhD, Abdou worked on spatially-extended mathematical models to understand disease spread and the evolution of virulence. He joined the SIDR program to work on Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in South Africa.
Kaye-Alese Green, MA (Boston University School of Medicine)
Kaye-Alese Green is an MD candidate at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Fellow at BUSM, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Health System Innovation & Policy. Prior to pursuing her medical degree, Kaye-Alese Green obtained both a BS and an MA from the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include health system transformation centering social determinants of health and medical training curriculum reform.
Hyunuk Kim, PhD (Social Innovation on Drug Resistance Program)
Dr. Kim is a Postdoctoral Associate with IHSIP’s Social Innovation on Drug Resistance (SIDR) Program, where he works with (PI) Dylan Walker from the Department of Information Systems (Questrom), in collaboration with Belinda Borrelli (Health Policy & Health Services Research; SDM). Dr. Kim’s research touches the interactions between collective human behaviors and macroscopic social structure. Dr. Kim has implemented natural language processing and network science approaches to reveal latent factors of knowledge creation, cultural evolution, and misinformation spreading on social media.
Samuel Orubu, PhD, MSc (Social Innovation on Drug Resistance Program)
Samuel Orubu, PhD is a Postdoctoral Associate at IHSIP’s Social Innovation in Drug Resistance Program (SIDR), where he works with Professors Muhammad Zaman (Department of Chemical Engineering) and Veronika Wirtz (Department of Global Health). Together, they aim to understand and to model the human, social and economic factors contributing to the use of substandard and falsified medicines and of Anti-Microbial Resistance in Bangladesh. Samuel Orubu is a pharmacist with practice, academic and research experience in access to medicines and drug quality issues.
Postdoctoral Program Alumni
Sina Khoshsokhan, PhD (Social Innovation on Drug Resistance Program)
Sina Khoshsokhan, PhD is a former Postdoctoral Associate at IHSIP’s Social Innovation on Drug Resistance Program (SIDR), where he worked with (PI) Jeffrey Furman from the Department of Strategy & Innovation (Questrom), in collaboration with James Bessen (LAW), Iain Cockburn (Strategy & Innovation; Questrom), Megan MacGarvie (Markets, Public Policy, & Law; Questrom), and Michael Meurer (LAW). He was also affiliated with both the BU School of Law Technology & Policy Research Initiative and the BU Questrom School of Business. He has a Ph.D. in Strategy and Innovation from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. Dr. Khoshsokhan’s research examines the value of intellectual properties in shaping the innovation process, and their broader implications for technology and product markets. His current projects focus on the role of upstream patents in fostering (or impeding) downstream innovations, collaborative commercialization of innovation, and academic research and scientific progress. Since filming this video, Khoshsokhan accepted a new position at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Jacob Nudel, MD (General Surgery, Boston Medical Center)
Dr. Jacob Nudel
is a General Surgery Resident and Boston Medical Center and a formal Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Health System Innovation and Policy. His current research is in surgical data science – an emerging interdisciplinary field that leverages computer science, decision analysis, and machine learning to improve interventional medicine. He studied anthropology at Bates College and attended Harvard Medical School.