From drug discovery and diagnostics to gene therapy and bioengineering, unlocking the vast potential of AI in the life sciences requires multi-sector collaboration. The Institute for Experiential AI at Northeastern University is uniquely positioned to help realize this potential.

– Samuel Scarpino, Director, AI + Life Sciences, EAI

Samuel V. Scarpino, PhD, is the Director of AI + Life Sciences at the Institute for Experiential AI at Northeastern University and a Professor of the Practice in Health and Computer Sciences. He holds appointments in the Institute for Experiential AI and the Network Science, Global Resilience, and Roux Institutes.

Prior to joining Northeastern in November 2022, Scarpino was the Vice President of Pathogen Surveillance at The Rockefeller Foundation and Chief Strategy Officer at Dharma Platform (a social impact, technology startup). Outside of these roles, he has over 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.

In 2020, Scarpino co-founded a data science initiative called, which was backed by Google and The Rockefeller Foundation. In addition, he has been recognized for his contributions to complex systems science, becoming a fellow of the ISI Foundation in 2017, an external professor at the Santa Fe Institute in 2020, and an external faculty member of the Vermont Complex System Center in 2021.

Scarpino is a regular presence in the news, providing over 500 interviews to outlets such as Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, Vice News, and NPR. He has also authored more than 100 academic publications, which have been cited over 8,000 times. To date, Scarpino’s work has appeared in journals such as Nature, Science, Nature Medicine, PNAS, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Nature Physics. The New York Times, Wired, the Boston Globe, NPR, VICE News, National Geographic, and numerous other national and international venues have featured his research.

Scarpino earned his doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and was a Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellow from 2013 – 2016.