Nizzari Portrait
Chief Informatics Officer

Marcia Nizzari has over 30 years of experience as a software architect, technical manager, and CIO/CTO. Prior to joining Claritas, she was Vice President of Engineering at PatientsLikeMe, Inc., a social network and research platform for patients with life-altering conditions such as ALS or Multiple Sclerosis. Over the past 13 years, she has held lead technologist positions in several biomedical institutes and companies, including the Whitehead Institute, Cambridge Research & Instrumentation, and Good Start Genetics, another clinical diagnostic laboratory. For six years, she was Director of Informatics, Program in Medical & Population Genetics, at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, where she was Co-Investigator on several large research grants, including the NHLBI CARe project, which provided a resource for meta analyses of phenotypic and genotypic information over eleven large cardiovascular cohorts, such as the Framingham Heart Study, Jackson Heart Study, and ARIC. She is a listed author on several highly cited genetics papers, and is first inventor on two broad software patents. Marcia has a master’s degree in computer science from Boston University, where she teaches Enterprise Architecture in the graduate computer science program. Her principal computer science interests are semantic representation and adaptive systems, two areas that are highly applicable to genomics.