Al Ozonoff, PhD, CPPS is Senior Advisor to Dr. Sabeti and Chief of Staff of the Sabeti Lab. In these roles, he provides administrative leadership and senior scientific expertise across the full range of lab activities and research. He provides further programmatic support as the U.S. Director for the Sentinel Program. Al is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, faculty scientist within the Division of Infectious Diseases at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Boston University School of Public Health.
Al applies his training in mathematics, statistics, epidemiology, and data science in pursuit of population-based improvement in the health of children and adults. His research focuses on the development and application of methods for surveillance of health and disease. As a surveillance methodologist, he is most engaged in areas of public health surveillance, infectious disease surveillance, and hospital-based surveillance with an emphasis on patient safety and healthcare quality.
Al’s graduate and post-doctoral training was in mathematics (University of California, Santa Barbara, under D. Darren Long) and biostatistics (Harvard School of Public Health, under Marcello Pagano). He has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications throughout more than 20 years of research experience. He was Principal Investigator of two R01 grant awards: a 3-year project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) BioSense Program, “Improving Syndromic Surveillance by Data Integration” (R01 PH000021-02), and a 5-year project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), “Patient safety surveillance using machine learning and free text clinical” (R01 HS026246-01A1).
As a leading expert during the early phases of the pandemic, Al led the Clinical and Data Coordinating Center for IMPACC, a national immunophenotyping study of COVID-19 funded by the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Disease (NIH/NIAID). In 2016-17, he was one of 12 Harvard Medical School Fellows in Bioethics. He has held advisory and consulting roles with state agencies including the Massachusetts Office of Population Health and the Mass Bureau of Environmental Health, and he currently serves on the External Advisory Committee for the Massachusetts Cancer Registry.
Outside of work, Al enjoys spending time with his family. He is a long-time player for the Massachusetts Warriors, a semi-professional football team, and is currently a student in the Living School, a two-year program offered through the Center for Action and Contemplation.