CCNR/The Lab: The Center for Complex Network Research (CCNR), directed by Professor Albert-László Barabási, has a simple objective: think networks. The center's research focuses on how networks emerge, what they look like, and how they evolve; and how networks impact on understanding of complex systems. To understand networks, CCNR's research has developed to rather unexpected areas. Certain studies include the topology of the www - showing that webpages are on average 19 clicks form each other; complex cellular network inside the cell-looking at both metabolic and genetic networks; the Internet's Achilles' Heel. The center's researchers have even ventured to study how actors are connected in Hollywood.



Albert-László Barabási

Albert-László Barabási is a network scientist, fascinated with a wide range of topics, from unveiling the structure of the brain to treating diseases using network medicine, from the emergence of success in art to how does science really works. His work has helped unveil the hidden order behind various complex systems using the quantitative tools of network science, a research field that he pioneered, and lead to the discovery of scale-free networks, helping explain the emergence of many natural, technological and social networks.

Albert-László Barabási spends most of his time in Boston, where is the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science at Northeastern University, and holds an appointment in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. But he splits his time with Budapest, where he runs an European Research Council project at Central European University. A Hungarian born native of Transylvania, Romania, he received his Masters in Theoretical Physics at the Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary and Ph.D. three years later at Boston University.

Barabási’s latest book is The Formula (Little Brown, 2018). He is the author of “Network Science” (Cambridge, 2016). "Linked" (Penguin, 2002), and "Bursts:" (Dutton, 2010) He co-edited Network Medicine (Harvard, 2017) and "The Structure and Dynamics of Networks" (Princeton, 2005). His books have been translated in over twenty languages.




The Authors@Google program welcomed Albert-László Barabási to Google's New York office to discuss his book, "BURSTS: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do"

Spectrum: BURSTS; Episode 1: From randomness to bursts (2015, in English)

A four part documentary based on Bursts, hosted by Sankha Guha.

Spectrum: BURSTS; Episode 3: You are Predictable (2015, in English)

A four part documentary based on Bursts, hosted by Sankha Guha.

Network Medicine@ TEDMED (2012)

Networks guru and author Albert-László Barabási says diseases are the results of system breakdowns within the body, and mapping intracellular protein networks will help us discover cures.

Connected: The Power of Six Degrees

(alternate title: How Kevin Bacon Cured Cancer) is a 2008 documentary film by Annamaria Talas. It was first aired in 2009 on the Science Channel. The documentary introduces the audience to the main ideas of network science through the exploration of the concept of six degrees of separation. Stars: Nyaloka Auma, Kevin Bacon, Albert-László Barabási

Networks are everywhere

According to Carl Sagan, the beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together. In our cells, atoms compose a multitude of molecules such as proteins and DNA, which coexist in a complex, mutually dependent network. Similarly, our cells themselves exist in an interdependent network of organs and nerves, and our very consciousness is thought to arise from the complex network of billions of neurons, connected by trillions of synapses. Networks are everywhere.


Andres Aldana Gonzalez

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Bingsheng Chen

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Rodrigo Dorantes Gilardi

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Abel Elekes

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ting-Ting Gao

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Bnaya Gross

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Yessica Herrera

Network Science Research Associate, Contractor

Sravan Kumar Miryala

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Hillel Sanhedrai

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Michael Sebek

Associate Research Scientist

Visiting Scientists & Professors

Ki-Bong Yoo

Visiting Faculty


Daria Koshkina

Data Visualization Research Specialist

Rachael Leary

Administrative Operations Manager

Peter Ruppert

Entrepreneur in residence

James Stanfill

Senior Grants and Operations Manager


Csaba Both

PhD Student

Christian De Frondeville

Computational Research Assistant

Joseph Ehlert

PhD Student

Cory Glover

PhD Student

Yixuan Liu

PhD Student

Benjamin Piazza

PhD Student

Jonah Spector

PhD Student

Kishore Vasan

PhD Student


David M.J. Lazer


Alessandro Vespignani

Laboratory for the Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems


Joaquim Aguirre Plans
Yong-Yeol Ahn
Sebastian Ahnert
Amal Al-Hussieni
Reka Albert
Kim Albrecht
Suzanne Aleva
Eivind Almaas
Mohammad Ameli
James Bagrow
Baruch Barzel
Juliet Blanco
Enzo Battistella
Nicholas Blumm
Jose Brum
Ayan Chatterjee
Wei Chen
Feixiong Cheng
Liping Chi
Brett Common
Sean P. Cornelius
Michele Coscia
Michael M. Danziger
Marcio De Menezes
Joseph De Nicolo
Nima Dehmami
Pierre Deville
Zoltan Dezso
Italo Do Valle
Isaac Donnelly
Joshua Erndt-Marino
Jody Fisher
Zalan Forro
Jianxi Gao
Liang Gao
Gourab Ghoshal
Trevor Gillespy
Emre Guney
Philipp Havel
Junming Huang
Tao Jia
Qing Jin
Kimmo Kaski
Qing Ke
Janos Kertesz
Yasamin Khorramzadeh
Maksim Kitsak
Sune Lehmann
Aming Li
Jie Li
Yanchen Liu
Jessica Louie
Istvan Kovacs
Yifang Ma
Makim Makeev
Mauro Martino
Andrew McCallum
Ronaldo Menezes
Xiangyi Meng
Giulia Menichetti
Nikolett Mihaly
Soodabeh Milanlouei
Sarah Morrison
Deisy Morselli Gysi
Dakota Murray
Farzaneh Nasirian
Shany Ofaim
Jose Gama Oliveira
Marton Posfai
Zehui Qu
Rasoul R. Rajaei
Babak Ravandi
Erzsabet Ravasz
Maria Elena Renda
Sebastian Ruf
Rogini Runghen
Maximilian Schich
Vedran Sekara
Amitabh Sharma
Louis Shekhtman
Chaoming Song
Michael Tashman
Michelle Toups
Emma Towlson
Georgios Tsekenis
Onur Varol
Alexei Vazquez
Pu Wang
Ursula Widocki
Stefan Wuchty
Gang Yan
Soon-Hyung Yook
Burcu Yucesoy
Zuezhong Zhou
Han Zhuang


April 4, 2021

Data Visualization Research Specialist


Position Summary

The Data Visualization Research Specialist must possess a unique ability to represent visually complex network data prepared by an interdisciplinary group of physicists, biologists, and computer scientists using various forms of visual design and software development programs. Must be able to use creativity and professional judgment in order to resolve design and technical challenges. Must be adaptable to a constantly evolving collaborative and interdisciplinary workflow.


  • PRINT: Create figures ready for scientific publications, presentations, exhibitions, and sharing online (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign)
  • INTERACTIVE: Work on a wide range of 2D and 3D interactive media including websites, data visualizations, and vr/ar applications (Html5, Css4, D3, Three.js, AngularJS, python, flask)
  • 3D: Prepare 3D models for the 3D printing pipeline or interactive applications. Create renderings for print and video (Maya, Renderman)
  • VIDEO: Create time-based media to accompany and document research (Premiere, After Effects)

Basic Qualifications ‍

  • A portfolio of related work
  • Bachelor's degree in design or a related field
  • 4-6 years experience with Adobe Creative Suite Software
  • 4-6 years experience with Web Development/Management
  • Experience in the complete product development lifecycle of successfully launched web and/or software applications is preferred


Interested candidates may apply here:

Oct. 18, 2022

Postdoctoral Research Associate


SUMMARY: The lab of Professor Albert-László Barabási is looking for Postdoctoral Research Associates in the area of network science, nutrition, biological networks, machine learning/AI, and science of science, as well as quantifying art. The BarabásiLab's current work spans the applications of networks toward understanding food and nutrition, human diseases, disease progression, biomarker discovery, and drug repurposing, as well as understanding the emergence of impact in art and science. The BarabásiLab is also looking for Postdoctoral Research Associates in the areas of network medicine, complex disease mechanism, systems pharmacology, bioinformatics, and network science/statistical physics. This position at Northeastern University may include opportunities to collaborate with the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Postdoctoral Research Associate will:

    •    Assist with initiating, executing, and completing clinical research and experiments
    •    Prepare and write research papers, presentations, grant proposals, etc.
    •    Assist with laboratory management; and training graduate students.

QUALIFICATIONS: PhD required in nutrition, bioinformatics, physics, computer science, mathematics, or statistics or related field. The BarabásiLab is seeking motivated individuals with an interest in exploring complexity and its applications to food, art, science, and medicine from a network perspective. The ideal candidate has working experience in network science/bioinformatics and ML/AI/DL.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested candidates should submit an application consisting of (i) a current CV with publication lists, (ii) a brief statement of research experience and interests, and (iii) two letters of recommendation sent separately by the writers to: Please also submit application materials here: