This year’s MacArthur “Genius” Fellows were announced today. While there is a great diversity of amazing individuals receiving the grants, I will focus on those related to the health care space:
- Amy Finkelstein: health economist, at MIT, who is formulating robust experimental designs that provide data-driven guidance for innovations in health care theory, policy, and delivery
- Gregg Gonsalves: epidemiologist at Yale, and global health advocate, working at the intersection of human rights and public health research and practice to correct disparities in global public health responses
- Clifford Brangwynne: biophysical engineer, at Princeton, using the principles of soft matter physics and cell biology to illuminate the mechanisms of cellular compartmentalization that drive biological development
- Livia Eberlin: bioanalytical chemist, at Univ. Texas-Austin, developing mass spectrometry–based imaging methods to differentiate more quickly and accurately diseased from healthy tissues during surgery. She has even developed, Open mHealth, an open-source software architecture to integrate various types of small data and be used to build customized applications that address specific health conditions.
- Deborah Estrin: computer scientist, at Cornell Tech, designing open-source platforms that leverage mobile devices and data networks to address socio-technological challenges and improve access to personal health data