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Thursday, December 05

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Embracing the Evolving Career Path, kick-off of the Research Seminar Series

Dr. Georgia Tourassi, Director of the Biomedical Science and Engineering Center , ORNL
Research Seminar Series
12:30 PM — 1:30 PM, Weinberg Auditorium, Building 4500-N
Contact: Gautam S. Thakur (, 865.574.0283


Career paths in science are not always direct. The most exciting trajectories happen when scientists are open to possibilities and eager to push themselves intellectually and professionally. I will talk about my research trajectory, the decisions that led me to my current position, and some of the challenges along the way. Looking back at my 20-year long professional career, I will reflect on mistakes made and lessons learnt.

Other important things to consider –

1. Refreshment will be served before and after the talk.
2. The event is open to all personnel in ORNL. Postdocs, Women in Science, and Early Career Professionals are especially invited.
3. For more information please contact Gautam S. Thakur (, Arnab Banerjee (, Jibonananda Sanyal (

Short Bio:

Dr. Georgia Tourassi is the Director of the Biomedical Science and Engineering Center and the Health Data Sciences Institute at ORNL. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. She received the Young Investigator's Award from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Whitaker Foundation. Before joining ORNL in 2011, Dr. Tourassi was Associate Professor of Radiology and the Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke University Medical Center, where she currently holds an Adjunct Professor position. Her research interests include biomedical informatics, medical imaging, and computer-aided decision support. Her research has been featured in several medical imaging publications as well as The Economist ("The Bosom Buddy", August 11, 2006). She has authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal, conference proceedings papers, and book chapters. She serves regularly on NIH grant review study sections, including being charter member of the Biomedical Imaging Technology study section (2007-2011). She also serves on the FDA advisory committee on computer-aided diagnosis devices.