Aliaa Barakat PhD
Dr. Barakat is mathematician and health care researcher. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and held postdoctoral appointments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley. In 2009, she started a personal journey with an interstitial lung disease that inspired her to devote her research to applications in medicine. She founded and directs the Pulmonary Care and Research Collaborative and its ILD Collaborative, dedicated to improving health care quality and outcomes for pulmonary patients, and establishing a nationwide data infrastructure to facilitate and efficiently conduct cross-institutional clinical research driven by the needs of patients and their physicians. Drawing on her leadership of the ILD Collaborative, she joined the Accessible Research Commons for Health (ARCH), PCORI's Harvard-led clinical data research network, as Patient Partner and Engagement Lead. In this role, she developed ARCH's stakeholder engagement policy, and provides strategic guidance on patient-driven research opportunities for ARCH. As a senior staff scientist in the Molecular Biomarkers Nano-Imaging Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Barakat's research is focused on the mechanistic molecular underpinnings of age-related diseases, and on biomarker modeling of disease progression through the utilization of new imaging technologies and clinical data science approaches.