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Samuel Scarpino

Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation.

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Samuel V. Scarpino, PhD is the Managing Director of Pathogen Surveillance at the Rockefeller Foundation and a member of the Pandemic Prevention Institute. In addition, Dr. Scarpino is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and hold appointments in the Network Science Institute, Institute for Experiential AI, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Global Resilience Institute, and Roux Institute at Northeastern University. In this capacity, he directs the Emergent Epidemics Lab and is a Co-founder of Global.health. Scarpino has 10+ years of experience translating research into decision support and data science/AI tools across diverse sectors from public health and clinical medicine to real estate and energy. From 2017 to 2020, he was Chief Strategy Officer and head of data science at Dharma Platform, a social impact, technology startup. For his contributions to complex systems science, he was made a Fellow of the ISI Foundation in 2017, an External Faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute in 2020, and an External Faculty member of the Vermont Complex Systems Center in 2021.

Scarpino’s research spans a broad range of topics in complex systems and network science, including: forecasting and predictive modeling, complex network analysis, epidemiology, genomics and transcriptomics, social networks, and decision making under uncertainty. Outside academia, he is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, is a strategic advisor to technology startups, governments, and biotechnology companies, and is a co-inventor on a patented machine learning algorithm for analyzing geospatial data and a patent-pending machine learning algorithm for inferring the relational structure of data.

Scarpino has given over 100 keynote, invited, and professional presentations at international conferences, has published peer-reviewed articles in Science, Nature Medicine, PNAS, Nature Physics, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and numerous other academic journals, is co-editor on the definitive academic text on whooping cough published by Oxford University Press, and is a Deputy Editor at PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Scarpino’s expert commentaries on science and technology have appeared in publications such as: Nature, Science, PNAS, and Nature Physics. His research on COVID-19, Ebola, whooping cough, and influenza has been covered by the New York Times, Wired, the Boston Globe, NPR, VICE News, National Geographic, and numerous other local, national, and international venues. Scarpino earned a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and was a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow from 2013 - 2016.