Leaders in Data Science (LiDS)

Data science is at the heart of the mission of the Broad Institute, where researchers explore biological questions at scale, generate massive amounts of data, and leverage new approaches in computation and storage to conduct impactful studies.

Launched in 2014, the Leaders in Data Science (LiDS) speaker series introduces thought leaders in the data science field to the Broad Institute, promoting the exchange of ideas and insights.

Through LiDS, speakers gain a platform to share their observations about data science technology, culture, and enterprise. The lecture series also provides speakers with the opportunity to engage and inspire Broad employees, potentially provoking new ideas and paths for exploration. Reflecting the Broad community's tremendous interest in the technology ecosystem, many speakers have addressed data science in fields other than biomedical research, such as finance, transportation, and government.

LiDS is co-sponsored by the Data Sciences Platform and Broad Information Technology Services. For more information about LiDS, contact Abby Kussell Hopper at abbyhopp@broadinstitute.org.

Past LiDS speakers

Past speakers have included CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, the senior technologist at a top hedge fund, and a past chief technology officer to the White House:



Marty Chavez

Chief Information Officer, Goldman Sachs

Digital Transformation at Goldman Sachs (Oct 2014)

Jeff Hammerbacher

Founder and Chief Scientist, Cloudera

Computational Challenges in Cancer Immunotherapy (Jan 2015)

Jeremy Wertheimer

VP, Google Travel

Solving the combinatorial airfare search problem: the ITA Software story (Jun 2015)

Dave Ferrucci

Senior Technologist, Bridgewater Associates

AI: A Return to Meaning (Sept 2015)

Eric Dishman

GM, Health and Life Sciences, Intel

Making Health Personal: A Patient Entrepreneur’s Perspective (Oct 2015)

Diane Bryant

SVP, Data Science Group, Intel

Changing the Game with Analytics (Mar 2016)

DJ Patil

White House CTO

Responsibly unleashing the Power of Data to benefit all Americans (June 2016)

Steve Papa

Co-founder and CEO, Parallel Wireless

The innovation journey at Endeca, Parallel Wireless, and more (Dec 2016)

Nathan Myhrvold

Former CTO, Microsoft, Founder, Intellectual Ventures

The Global Immune System (Apr 2017)

Martin Wattenberg and Fernanda Viegas

Leaders of Google's Data Visualization group

Augmenting human and machine intelligence with data visualization (Apr 2017)

Daphne Koller

Chief Computing Officer, Calico Labs

Fireside chat (Oct 2017)

Mike Olson

Co-founder, Cloudera

Open source software and the modern economy (Feb 2018)

A.G. Breitenstein

Partner, Optum Ventures

EMR Chalk Talk (Jun 2018)

John Roese

President & Chief Technology Officer, Dell EMC

Perspectives on Technology Innovation Driving the Data and AI-Centric World (Oct 2018)

Moshe Yanai


Storing the Future (Dec 2018)

Aarti Shah

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Eli Lilly and Company

Fireside chat (Jan 2019)

Eric Colson

Chief Algorithms Officer, Stitch Fix

Differentiating by Data Science (Feb 2019)

Remy Evard

Chief Information and Digital Officer, Flagship Pioneering

Lessons and stories from building and leading impactful informatics organizations in big pharma and biotech (January 2020)

Susan Tousi

Chief Product Officer, Illumina

Unlocking the Power of the Human Genome A Journey in Data Science, Informatics and Software Solutions (August 2020)