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Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
310F West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Olga Vitek, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Research Interests

  • Statistical and computational methods for systems-wide molecular investigations of biological organisms


  • PhD in Statistics, Purdue University
  • MS in Mathematical Statistics, Purdue University
  • BS, University of Geneva, Switzerland


Olga Vitek joined Northeastern University in 2014 with a joint appointment in the College of Science and the Khoury College of Computer Sciences. She was previously named the Sy and Laurie Sternberg Interdisciplinary Associate Professor at Northeastern University.

Prior to joining Northeastern, she was an assistant professor and then a tenured associate professor at Purdue University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Statistics and Department of Computer Science (2006-2014). She interned at Eli Lilly & Company in Indianapolis and held a position of post-doctoral associate in the Aebersold Lab at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle.

Vitek’s work develops statistical and computational methods for systems-wide molecular investigations of biological organisms. Her group works with high-throughput large-scale investigations in quantitative genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and ionomics. This research relies on mass spectrometry and other complementary technologies to characterize the components of the biological systems, their functional interactions, and their relevance to disease. The goal of Vitek’s research is to provide statistical and computational methods and open-source software for design of these experiments, and for accurate and objective interpretation of the resulting large and complex datasets.

Vitek is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. During her time at Purdue University, she was a University Faculty Scholar, as well as recognized with an Outstanding Assistant Professor Teaching Award, a Graduate Student Mentoring Award, and a Teaching for Tomorrow Award. She serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Human Proteome Organization.