This article is part of Harvard Medical School’s continuing coverage of COVID-19.
Joann Arce is a data tamer — corralling and wrangling vast quantities of data to extract insights on how our immune systems react to vaccines and infections.
Her work is paving a path toward smarter, more potent vaccines.
Arce wields several scientific superpowers: bioinformatics and big data; systems biology, or analysis of whole biological systems; and the burgeoning science of “omics,” which catalogs the different molecules produced by cells or organisms.
With these abilities, Arce had offers for postdoctoral fellowships in a variety of fields. But as a parent, the Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children’s Hospital intrigued her most.