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Currently, I am the Director of User and Scientific Engagement at Aetion. Aetion is a software company that provides software solutions to the biopharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare industries.

Previously, I was a staff scientist (equivalent to an assistant research professor) at the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research at Fred Hutch in Seattle, Washington. The main focus of my research at the Hutch was on improving the quality of cancer care while reducing the economic burden for patients and society. I was a co-investigator on five NIH funded grants studying the cost-effectiveness of a web-based and telephone quit line smoking cessation program, a cervical cancer screening program in migrant farm workers, stem cell transplantation in patients with Myelodysplastic syndrome and the genomic testing of women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

I also have expertise in data visualization (effective principles as well as software expertise, e.g. D3) and while at the Hutch worked with a team of researchers and software engineers to develop an interactive data dashboard for payors and providers in Washington State in order to facilitate data-driven interventions to improve quality of care and reduce costs.

I am also a passionate teacher having designed and taught master’s and doctoral level courses at Columbia University and the City University of New York. I am currently an adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, where I teach a course on data visualization in the executive MS in epidemiology program.

For fun I maintain Dot Data, a blog focused on visualizing the health of populations.

To read more about me check out my CV.