Marinka Zitnik, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science

Stanford University

Marinka Zitnik is a postdoctoral fellow in Computer Science at Stanford University, working with Prof. Jure Leskovec. Her research develops methods for complex interconnected systems at all scales, from interactions of proteins in a cell to interactions between patients in a society. Her approach is to leverage data at the scale of billions of data points and develop new methods that combine rigorous statistical methodology, machine learning, and network science to achieve benefits from each. She uses her methods to address open challenges in biology and medicine that lead to highly impactful outcomes. Predictions made by her methods have helped uncover new biology and have directly contributed to new discoveries in the wet laboratory experiments.

Marinka received her PhD in Computer Science from University of Ljubljana in 2015 while also conducting research at Imperial College London, University of Toronto, Baylor College of Medicine, and Stanford University. Her work received several best paper, poster, and research awards at major computational biology conferences, including ISMB, CAMDA, RECOMB, and BC2. She was selected a Google Anita Borg Scholar, Young Fellow at Heidelberg Laureate Forum, MIT Rising Star in EECS, and received Jozef Stefan Golden Emblem Prize. She is also a member of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub at Stanford.