Scott Olesen

I am an epidemiologist, modeler, and multidisciplinary data scientist with experience in microbiome science, microbiology, antibiotic resistance, statistics, computing, and mathematical modeling. I have developed skill sets in facilitation, technical communication, and project management.

I am a part-time research analyst in the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Resilience in the Institute for Public Research at CNA. CNA is a nonprofit research institute that provides objective analysis to federal, state, and local government.

I also work as an independent scientific consultant for OpenBiome and as an independent epidemiological consultant with Dr. Yonatan Grad.


My main research interests are antimicrobial resistance and microbiome science.

I was previously Scientific Director at OpenBiome, a non-profit stool bank based in Boston. OpenBiome provides material for fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for use in treating C. difficile infection and for research.

I did my postdoctoral training with Yonatan Grad at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, where I focused on antimicrobial resistance, and my PhD with Eric Alm at MIT, where I worked in environmental microbiology, human microbiome science, and clinical trial design.

At MIT, 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. During my postdoc I served as the President of the Harvard Chan Postdoc Association and served on the School’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.

Other interests

I’m interested in how to optimally deliver technical information. I like the idea of using rules for games as a test case, but this is far from optimized.

I produced this list of Modern Greek vocabulary that might be useful to learners.