Scott Olesen

I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow in Yonatan Grad’s lab at the Harvard School of Public Health. I study the relationships between antibiotic consumption and antibiotic resistance using mathematical modeling, medical records, and genomic data.

In my PhD with Eric Alm, I developed quantitative and statistical methods for microbial ecology and clinical trial design. I aim to merge quantative microbial ecology with my research on antibiotic consumption and resistance.


PhD : MIT (2016)
Biological Engineering
My thesis is on the publications page.

MPhil : University of Cambridge (2012)

MASt : University of Cambridge (2011)
Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics

BA : Williams College (2010)


Outside of research, I was a founding member of MIT’s Biological Engineering Communciation Lab, where I co-led the development of the first CommKit, a guide to communication tasks designed by scientists for scientists. I was also a founding member of the MIT Biological Engineering REFS, a peer-to-peer conflict management and mentoring program, and a Diversity Chair on the department’s graduate student board.

I’m a fan of games, including Go and thinky card games. I hate repeating myself, so I’m interested in the optimal way to explain rules to new players.

I produced this list of Modern Greek vocabulary that might be helpful for learners.

I’m transitioning this blog from Wordpress to R Markdown, so kindly forgive any weirdnesses in the text.