Simona Cristea

Instructor in Medicine
Department of Data Science, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Simona completed her PhD at ETH Zürich in Switzerland in Niko Beerenwinkel’s group. In her PhD thesis, she devised novel probabilistic models and algorithms to infer temporal progression and mutual exclusivity among cancer drivers from big data. Prior to this work, she graduated from the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Master program at ETH Zürich, and from two Bachelor programs in Bucharest, with degrees in Mathematics and Cybernetics, Statistics and Informatics. Simona was awarded the ETH Excellence Scholarship in the course of her Master studies, and Merit Scholarships in the course of her Bachelor studies. For her postdoc, Simona was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). At DFCI, Simona investigates questions of cancer heterogeneity and progression, and evolutionary genetic mechanisms. To this end, she integrates various single-cell and bulk tumor datasets with computational and statistical models. 

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Information
Name: Simona Cristea
Nationality: Romanian
Address: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, CLS Building, 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston, MA 02215
Email address: scristea [at]
2008 – 2009 Erasmus Exchange Student, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
2006 – 2009 Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest, București, Romania
2006 – 2009 Bachelor of Science, Informatics, Faculty of Cybernetics, Statistics and Informatics, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, București, Romania
2009 – 2011 Master of Science, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Department of Computer Science, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
2011 – 2015 PhD, Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering, ETH Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Scientific Career
2011 – 2014 Teaching Assistant, Evolutionary Dynamics (Master-level course), ETH Zürich, Switzerland
2016 – 2020 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Data Science, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
2020 – present Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School