Marinka Zitnik is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. She is a computer scientist studying applied machine learning with a focus on challenges brought forward by data in science, medicine, and health. Dr. Zitnik joined Harvard Medical School in December 2019. Before that, she was a postdoctoral scholar in Computer Science at Stanford University working with Jure Leskovec. She was also a member of the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub at Stanford. She received Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Ljubljana in 2015 while also researching at Imperial College London, University of Toronto, Baylor College of Medicine, and Stanford University. She received my bachelor’s degree in 2012 double majoring in computer science and mathematics. Her algorithms and methods have had a tangible impact, which has garnered interests of government, academic, and industry researchers and has put new tools in the hands of practitioners. Some of her methods are used by major biomedical institutions, including Baylor College of Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Stanford Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Her work received several best paper, poster, and research awards from the International Society for Computational Biology. She has recently been named a Rising Star in EECS by MIT and also a Next Generation in Biomedicine by The Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, being the only young scientist who received such recognition in both EECS and Biomedicine.