Cristian Tomasetti, PhD

Cristian Tomasetti, PhD

Associate Professor of Oncology and Biostatistics
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health


Dr. Cristian Tomasetti is an associate professor of oncology and biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University with appointments in the Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Department of Oncology (Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center) and the Department of Biostatistics (Bloomberg School of Public Health).

Dr. Tomasetti’s work is recognized internationally for his paradigm-shift contributions to the current understanding of cancer etiology and tumor evolution. His has published several corresponding author papers in Science, Nature, and Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. Three of his Science papers were ranked #4, #15, and #22 by Altmetric for the attention they received among any research paper published in any scientific field of any journal for the year 2015, 2017, and 2018, respectively.

He also develops classification algorithms for the early detection of cancer using a combination of statistical analysis, probabilistic modeling, and machine learning. In 2018 he published, as one of the corresponding authors, a new blood test methodology called CancerSEEK, for the early detection of eight different cancer types.

Dr. Tomasetti holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park (Dec. 2010). He was then a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biostatistics of the Harvard School of Public Health and in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Jan. 2011 to Jun. 2013). Since then he has been a faculty member at Hopkins (Assistant Professor, Jul. 2013 to Dec. 2017).