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Ethan Cerami, PhD

Data Science

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Ethan Cerami, PhD


  • Director, Knowledge Systems Group
  • Principal Scientist, DFCI Department of Data Science

Clinical Interests

  • Clinical Trial Matching
  • Precision/personalized cancer medicine

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Ethan Cerami, PhD is the Director of the Knowledge Systems Group and Principal Scientist in the Department of Data Science at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, he was the Director of Computational Biology at Blueprint Medicines, and Director of Cancer Informatics Development at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). He has specific expertise in cancer genomics, scientific computing, software engineering, data science, and data visualization.Dr. Cerami's group focuses on building open-source bioinformatics platforms to enable cancer genomics discovery and precision cancer medicine. While at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he co-founded the cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics, one of the most widely used platforms for cancer genomics analysis and visualization. His group remains active in its continued development. He is also currently the Co-PI of the National Cancer Institute Cancer Immunologic Data Commons (CIDC), and the Co-PI of the DFCI MatchMiner platform for algorithmically matching patients to precision cancer medicine trials.Dr. Cerami received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, an MS in Computer Science from New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and a PhD in Computational Biology from Cornell University.


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