Anne Carpenter

Anne is the director of the Imaging Platform at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, a non-profit biomedical research institute

She leads a team of computer scientists and biologists to develop advanced methods to quantify and mine the rich information present in cellular images. Her team works with biologists to apply these methods to significant questions in the biomedical sciences. These projects typically involve testing hundreds of thousands of samples by microscopy, helping to determine the functions of genes and to identify chemicals for use in research and as potential therapeutics.

Anne co-created the open-source software project, CellProfiler, which is used worldwide by the scientific community and was awarded the Bio-IT World Best Practices Award in 2009. In 2008, she was elected the youngest fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences in recognition of her work. She has been awarded research grants from the US National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation (CAREER award), the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Life Sciences Research Foundation. Anne has been named a “Rising young investigator” by Genome Technology magazine and was featured in a public television special, “Bold Visions: Women in Science & Technology.”

After earning her BS from Purdue University in 1997 and her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003, Anne completed postdoctoral work with David Sabatini at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, co-mentored by Polina Golland at the Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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