How can the next generation of supercomputers unlock biomedical mysteries that will shape the future practice of medicine? Scientists behind the National Strategic Computing Initiative, a federal strategy for investing in high-performance computing, are exploring this question.
Visiting lecturer Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov serves as chief scientist in the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration. He advises the secretary of energy. His work includes advancing supercomputing technology and the infrastructure or “ecosystem” to support major federal research, technology, and policy initiatives. Among those initiatives are:
- Cancer Moonshot, which aims to accelerate cancer research
- Precision Medicine Initiative, which tailors care based on an individual’s genes, environment, and lifestyle
- Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, which aims to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain
- National Strategic Computing Initiative, which aims to accelerate scientific discovery and economic competitiveness through high-performance computing research, development, and deployment
Dr. Kusnezov provided insight into collaboration among the Department of Energy, National Institutes for Health, National Cancer Institute, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to advance these initiatives. His presentation also examined dimensions of public-private partnerships. He discussed how the technology path to exascale computing—computing systems capable of a billion billion calculations per second—can open new doors in biomedical research and inform high-stakes decisions related to health policy.
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Featuring visiting lecturer
Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov
Chief scientist and senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy, Honorable Ernest Moniz, National Nuclear Security Administration, Department of Energy
Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Energy. He is a visiting researcher at Yale University and has been honored as a visiting professor at numerous universities around the world. Dr. Kusnezov has published over 100 articles and a book. A member of the Senior Executive Service, he joined federal service at the National Nuclear Security Administration in late 2001.
Dr. Kusnezov became an associate professor of physics at Yale University in 1996, five years after joining the Yale faculty as an assistant professor. Previously he conducted postdoctoral research and served as an instructor at Michigan State University. He earned a master of science in physics and a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics at Princeton University, following a year of research at the Institut für Kernphysik, KFA-Jülich, in Germany. Dr. Kusnezov earned A.B. degrees in physics and pure mathematics with highest honors from the University of California Berkeley.
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