The Department of Data Science at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute improves cancer care through innovation in the quantitative sciences. Every day, our expert biostatisticians, computational biologists and knowledge systems engineers fight cancer through data-driven research at Dana-Farber and beyond. We create some of the most widely-used methods and tools in cancer data science, and are deeply committed to a collaborative, inclusive academic research environment.
The Department of Data Science was established in 1977 to provide quantitative leadership for Dana-Farber’s growing medical research program. Founding Department Chair Marvin Zelen, PhD famously knocked down his office wall in order to install the first computer at Dana-Farber. Ever since, we have proudly been at the forefront of computational advances in cancer research. For over thirty years, we have contributed to thousands of clinical research studies across all disease groups treated at Dana-Farber.