Paola Sebastiani, Ph.D.


Paola Sebastiani, Ph.D.

Faculty, DISC

Project Director, Center for Quantitative Methods and Data Sciences at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies

Director of Tufts CTSI Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD) Center

Dr. Sebastiani has held faculty positions in Italy, UK, and Boston University before joining Tufts Medical Center in 2020, where she is director of BERD, and of the Center on Quantitative Methods and Data Science in the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Sebastiani is a multidisciplinary biostatistician, with a long track record of developing new methodologies in Bayesian statistics, decision theory, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and statistical experimental design, in addition to teaching, mentoring, and leading interdisciplinary research projects.  Paola has introduced innovative Bayesian techniques for the analysis of genomic and genetic data and was a pioneer in using networks to model the genetic and phenotypic basis of the complications of sickle cell anemia.