Dr. Denise Mak
Director, Data Science & Innovation, GEMINI
My role with the GEMINI team:
I am the Director of Data Science and manage GEMINI’s data science operations and activities. I lead the amazing data team on multiple data analytics projects. This is an exciting time for GEMINI as we enhance our data platform to support our program expansion to additional hospitals across Ontario.
My educational background:
I have a Computer Science undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo as well as a Masters and PhD in Bioinformatics from Boston University.
My past experience and accomplishments:
I have been fortunate to have been involved with several major data projects that include managing a national longitudinal database of clinical patient data for a rare disease to studying mental illness using anonymized genetic data.
I feel most inspired when:
I know I can’t save lives directly but try to contribute in other ways to make a meaningful impact.
A few of my favourite things are:
Relaxing with a cup of coffee or glass of wine (depending on the time of day)
Rewatching my favourite shows
Sitting by a fire doing any of the above!