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Olga Vitek

Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor

Interdisciplinary with College of Science

Olga Vitek

Contact

Office Location

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

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Olga Vitek, 320 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Professor Olga Vitek’s group develops statistical and computational methods for systems-wide molecular investigations of biological organisms. The group works with high-throughput large-scale investigations in quantitative genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and ionomics, which rely on mass spectrometry and other complementary technologies to characterize the components of the biological systems, their functional interactions, and their relevance to disease.
  • The research goal is to provide statistical and computational methods and open-source software for design of these experiments, and for accurate and objective interpretation of the resulting large and complex datasets. The methods build on the insight that the biological systems, and their large-scale measurements, contain redundancy. We therefore use measurements known to share sources of variation in single or multiple datasets, or discover these groups empirically from the data, to best represent their stochastic structure. The software, typically based on the environment R, introduces novel design features that ensure the scalability and the reproducibility of the results.

Education

  • PhD in Statistics, Purdue University
  • MS in Mathematical Statistics, Purdue University
  • BS, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Biography

Olga Vitek holds a BS degree from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a MS in Mathematical Statistics and a PhD in Statistics from Purdue University. She interned at Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis and held a position of post-doctoral associate in the Aebersold Lab at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle. Between 2006-2014 she was an assistant professor, and then an associate professor with tenure at Purdue University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Statistics and Department of Computer Science. In the summer of 2014 she joined Northeastern University, with a joint appointment in the College of Science and the College of Computer and Information Science.

Professor Vitek was named the Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor at Northeastern University, and University Faculty Scholar at Purdue University. While at Purdue, she was recognized with an Outstanding Assistant Professor Teaching Award, a Graduate Student Mentoring Award, and a Teaching for Tomorrow Award. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. She serves on the Board of Directors of the US Human Proteome Organization.