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Anne E. Carpenter

Anne E. Carpenter, Ph.D.

Anne Carpenter is senior director of the Imaging Platform at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, where she is also an institute scientist. With a strong background in cell biology, microscopy, and computational biology, her expertise is in developing and applying methods for extracting quantitative information from biological images, especially in a high-throughput manner.

Carpenter directs a team of biologists and computer scientists in developing image analysis and data exploration methods and software that are open source and freely available to the public. She and her team developed CellProfiler, the first open-source, high-throughput cell image analysis software. Carpenter is now a pioneer in image-based profiling, the extraction of rich, unbiased information from images for drug discovery, and functional genomics. She collaborates with dozens of biomedical research groups around the world to use image analysis to identify disease states, therapeutic potential, and gene function from microscopy images.

Carpenter is an NIH MIRA investigator, an NSF CAREER awardee, and has received recognition and research funding from numerous other groups including the Human Frontiers in Science program and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She was recently named to the top-100 list of AI Leaders in Drug Discovery and Healthcare by Deep Knowledge Analytics, and she is an honorary fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society.

Carpenter earned her B.S. from Purdue University and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

November 2020