I am the Vice President of Data Science at BenevolentAI, an AI healthcare company that is transforming the way medicines are discovered, developed and brought to patients. Throughout my career, I've used data science and machine learning to advance biomedical discoveries.
I am also passionate about increasing diversity in tech and AI, for a more equal and innovative work force, as well as for more representative data and models that benefit society at large. I love to volunteer my skills to empower youth, especially in the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups.
Previously at IBM Watson Health, I led computational research projects in drug target identification and drug repurposing, in collaboration with academic and pharma partners. Notably, I helped the Barrow Neurological Institute discover 5 new proteins that are altered in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, opening the door for new therapies.
At BenevolentAI, I lead a team responsible for developing machine learning and data science technologies to improve and evaluate the drug target identification pipeline in the company’s portfolio, from rare to common diseases. My work has been featured both in biomedical and machine learning journals and conferences.
My PhD research in Molecular and Cellular Biology was very hands on, and I collected vast amounts of data of different kinds – behavioral, neural and imaging. The most fun was making sense of it all (which led me to become a data scientist). I started out studying arousal mechanisms in the model system of the larval zebrafish. Then I went on to research how brain cells translate sensory information into behavior.
Before Harvard, I earned a B.A. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Berkeley. And before that, I made a stunt in film (behind the camera) while earning a Film Production degree at DeAnza college. Through data visualization, today I manage to integrate my love of visual arts with meaningful work in healthcare.
I went to high school in Paris, France, where I grew up (I'm a lucky dual citizen). My public high school Jacques Decour was just steps from the famous Sacré Coeur in Montmartre.