Event –MDI Spotlight Lecture: Modeling and Big Data for Pandemic Responses with Vittoria Colizza, Ph.D.

On February 22, 2024 from 2:30-3:30pm at Copley Formal Lounge, the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute (MDI) will host a MDI Spotlight Lecture. This lecture will be given by Vittoria Colizza, Ph.D., Head of Research at INSERM & Sorbonne Université as well as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Georgetown University Department of Biology, the Georgetown Global Health Institute, and the Massive Data Institute.

About Vittoria Colizza, Ph.D.: Vittoria Colizza is Head of Research at INSERM (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research) & Sorbonne Université, Faculty of Medicine, working in the Pierre Louis Institute of Epidemiology and Public Health. Colizza has been active in the response against COVID-19 pandemic, advising French public health agencies and government authorities, and international agencies. For her work on the pandemic, in 2020 she received her Knighthood of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic by the Italian President Mr. Mattarella; in 2021 she was awarded the prix Irène Joliot Curie–Prix spécial de l’engagement by the French Academy of Sciences and the French Ministry of Research; in 2022 she was nominated Chevalier in the Order of the Légion d’honneur by the French President Mr. Macron. Colizza currently holds a position as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Georgetown University Dept of Biology, the Georgetown Global Health Institute, and the Massive Data Institute in Washington DC, USA.

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About the MDI Research Spotlight: The Research Spotlight Lecture sponsored by the Massive Data Institute (MDI) brings leading scholars from around the world to Georgetown University to share cutting edge research at the intersection of technology, biology and policy. The lecture is followed by a reception.

About the Massive Data Institute (MDI): At Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy, the Massive Data Institute (MDI) is an interdisciplinary research institute that connects experts across computer science, data science, public health, public policy, and social science to tackle societal scale issues and impact public policy in ways that improves people’s lives through responsible evidence-based research. For more information on MDI, please visit

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