Robert Gentleman

Kempner Faculty Steering Committee

Executive Director, Center for Computational Biomedicine (CCB) at Harvard Medical School

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Subjects I Teach:

  • Statistics
  • Computation
  • Epidemiology
  • Comp Biology

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Dr. Robert Gentleman is the founding executive director of Harvard Medical School’s Center for Computational Biomedicine and a member of the faculty steering committee for the Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Harvard University. An accomplished statistician and bioinformatician, Dr. Gentleman is one of the creators of the R programming language and a founder of the Bioconductor project, an open-source collaborative software tool to promote statistical analysis of biological data. He has served as vice president of 23andMe, where he helped launch their therapeutic division, and as senior director for bioinformatics and computational biology at Genentech. He was head of computational biology at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and has held academic positions at Harvard University, University of Auckland, and the University of Waterloo.

Research Focus

Dr. Gentleman’s current research focuses on computational science. His research interests are related to genomics, machine learning, data visualization, and the application of statistical and computational methods to study human disease.