Dr. Luciano is founder and president of Predictive Medicine, Inc., where she pursues select business relationships with clients who recognize their need for semantic tooling, product development and deployment, particularly in health care, life sciences and bioinformatics.
She is a pioneer in the fields of analytic, predictive and ultimately translational medicine. Her Ph.D. dissertation, "Neural Network Modeling for Unipolar Depression: Patterns of Recovery and Prediction of Outcome," is one of the founding documents of the analytic medicine agenda.
Following her Ph.D. at Boston University she continued her work under a joint appointment at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Her research focused on the application of computational and mathematical modeling methods to integrate and understand the underlying dynamics of disease, treatment and recovery.
In addition to her analytical work, Dr. Luciano has been the driving force behind several interdisciplinary efforts to continue pushing toward translational medicine. The BioPAX ontology for biological pathways, developed largely due to Joanne's initiative, is the established standard for today's database mark-ups for curated pathway knowledge. While at Mitre she started the Influenza Ontology within the purview of a group of infectious disease ontologies, still continuing with a multi-site effort. And Joanne is co-founder of and active in the W3C Health Care and Life Sciences cluster of interest groups. The HCLS, now very large and influential, houses the Translational Medicine Ontology effort, among others.
In recognition of her contributions to these many fields, Dr. Luciano has been appointed Research Associate Professor at the Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a premier academic center of semantic web activity.
Dr. Luciano holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University. Having been actively involved in the high-tech computing industry since 1976, her background in technology includes a diverse array of application areas. Among these she counts compiler optimization, graphical workstation design, natural language processing, neural network applications, real-time process control, software product development and bioinformatics.