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Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
310D West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Michelle Borkin, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

Information and scientific visualization, human computer interaction (HCI), medical imaging and radiology, astrophysics, and visualization cognition and perception.


  • PhD in Applied Physics, Harvard University
  • MS in Applied Physics, Harvard University
  • BA in Astronomy and Astrophysics & Physics, Harvard University


Professor Michelle Borkin works on the development of novel visualization techniques and tools to enable new insights and discoveries in data. She works across disciplines to bring together computer scientists, doctors, and astronomers to collaborate on new analysis and visualization techniques, and cross-fertilize techniques across disciplines. Her research resulted in the development of novel computer assisted diagnostics in cardiology, scalable visualization solutions for large network data sets, and novel astrophysical visualization tools and discoveries. Her main research interests include information and scientific visualization, hierarchical and multidimensional data representations, network visualization, visualization cognition, user interface design, human computer interaction (HCI), and evaluation methodologies.

Prior to joining Northeastern, Professor Borkin was a postdoctoral research fellow in computer science at the University of British Columbia, as well as an associate in computer science at Harvard and research fellow at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. She received her PhD in Applied Physics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) in 2014. She’s also earned an MS in Applied Physics and a BA in Astronomy and Astrophysics & Physics from Harvard University. She was previously a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellow, a National Defense Science and Engineering graduate (NDSEG) fellow, and a TED fellow.