Dr. Maro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. She received her doctorate in Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her doctoral work examined practical implementation of prospective sequential database surveillance activities in the Sentinel System using modeling and simulation. She works with the Therapeutics Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology group and co-leads the Decision Analysis for Surveillance and Health (DASH) Influenza project. Dr. Maro's main research interest is the modeling and simulation of large-scale engineering systems (e.g., observational database networks) with the aim to improve the efficiency of public health activities. She is currently focusing on the implementation of pharmacovigilance techniques, particularly continuous near-real time sequential statistical analysis methods and data-mining. She is also interested in developing these system-based models into teaching tools as simulation-based in silico “microworlds” in which users “practice” testing, adapting, and honing policy/implementation strategies to manage complex public health systems prior to actual implementation in the real world.