Simona Cristea, PhD
Head of Data Science at the Hale Family Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research
Simona Cristea, PhD is the Head of Data Science at the Hale Family Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research and a Research Scientist in the Department of Data Science. She is leading a team of data scientists and mathematical modelers to disentangle large single cell cancer genomics data by connecting AI-driven data analysis with mechanistic evolutionary modeling. Simona is particularly interested in understanding the earliest malignant transformations happening during tumor progression and identifying novel ways to prevent tumors from initiating.
Simona earned Master and PhD degrees from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, further trained as a postdoctoral fellow at DFCI and held an Instructor faculty position at DFCI until 2022. Outside the lab, Simona enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, outdoor activities, poke bowls and dark chocolate.