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Jill P. Mesirov

Jill P. Mesirov, Ph.D.

Jill Mesirov is associate director and chief informatics officer at the Broad Institute, where she directs Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. The Broad’s Computational Biology and Bioinformatics community includes computational scientists, software engineers, and information technology experts working throughout the institute’s programs and platforms. They share their expertise across a wide range of biological and technological applications. Mesirov is also a member of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT and adjunct professor of bioinformatics at Boston University.

Mesirov is a computational scientist who has spent many years working in the area of high-performance computing on problems that arise in science, engineering, and business applications. Her current research interest is computational biology with a focus on algorithms and analytic methodologies for pattern recognition and discovery with applications to cancer genomics and infectious disease. In addition, Mesirov is committed to the development of practical, accessible software tools to bring these methods to the general biomedical research community.

In 1997, Mesirov came to the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research, now part of the Broad Institute, from IBM, where she was manager of computational biology and bioinformatics in the Healthcare/Pharmaceutical Solutions Organization. Before joining IBM in 1995, she was director of research at Thinking Machines Corporation for 10 years. She has also held positions in the mathematics department at the University of California at Berkeley and has served as associate executive director of the American Mathematical Society.

Mesirov is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Mathematical Society (AMS), and the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). She is also currently a director of the ISCB, chairs the Mathematics Section of AAAS, and is a former president of the Association for Women in Mathematics. She serves on numerous academic and corporate scientific advisory and journal editorial boards.

Mesirov received her B.A. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from Brandeis University.

December 2012