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Photo: Kent Dayton/Harvard Chan

Photo: Kent Dayton/Harvard Chan

SAI is pleased to welcome JP Onnela to its Steering Committee this year, joining the 18 current members who provide guidance and advisement to SAI. Onnela is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

His research involves two interrelated research themes. In statistical network science, the study of network representations of physical, biological, and social phenomena, he focuses on social and biological networks and their connection to human health. In digital phenotyping, the moment-by-moment quantification of the individual-level human phenotype using data from digital devices, he focuses on psychiatric disorders. Please see the lab’s webpage for more details.

Prior to joining Biostatistics, he spent two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2008 to 2009, and before that held a Junior Research Fellowship at Oxford University for two years. He obtained my doctorate at the Helsinki University of Technology (now Aalto University) in 2006, where his dissertation received the Dissertation of the Year Award from the university.

Onnela collaborated with several SAI faculty members on the Kumbh Mela project to analyze data from mobile phones collected at the 2013 Mela.

Learn more about Onnela’s research with SAI:

Social networks and polio prevention

Webinar: Understanding human life through data

Using cell phones to change society – SAI

Your phone knows how you feel – HSPH