Rumi Chunara is an Assistant Professor at NYU, in Computer Science & Engineering and the Global Institute of Public Health.
The overarching goal of her research is to improve our knowledge of how and why infectious and noncommunicable diseases spread in populations.
In order to do this, she lean on my engineering background and harnesses novel tools to source information directly from individuals including point of care diagnostics, mobile phones and other Internet-enabled sensors and media. Simultaneously, she develops statistical methodology for using these observational data sources by using mathematical tools such as bayesian inference, data mining, information retrieval, machine learning and spatio-temporal analyses.
She was previously at HealthMap and the Children’s Hospital Informatics Program at Harvard Medical School. She did her PhD at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Sciences and Technology, and received her Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering (Honors) from Caltech.