Dr. Lori Chibnik, PhD, MPH is a biostatistician and Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Department of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. She received her MPH in International Health and her PhD in biostatistics from Boston University where she worked on predictive modeling methods for disease risk. Over her career she has developed and assessed predictive models for diseases such as HIV, pre-natal screening and autoimmune diseases and continues to apply her methods to various diseases. Dr. Chibnik’s current research focus is in two primary areas, genetics and genomics Alzheimer’s disease and dementia with an emphasis on longitudinal cohorts and genetic studies in ethnically diverse populations.
In addition to her research, she is internationally renowned for her training programs and innovative teaching techniques, having developed multiple courses in biostatistics for varied audiences. While at Boston University she managed the Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics, an NHLBI funded, 6-week summer program designed to bring undergraduate students into the fields of Biostatistics and Public Health. She has developed and implemented multiple courses on research methods, biostatistics and programming specific to the needs of scientists in sub-Saharan Africa and currently she serves as Director of the Global Initiative for Neuropsychiatric Genetics Education in Research at the Harvard-Chan School and the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.