Ista ZahnIsta works as a Data Science Specialist on the Data Science Services team at IQSS. He holds a master's degree in social psychology from the University of Rochester.

Broadly speaking, Ista is interested in the ways in which technology can be used to turn raw data into information useful to human beings. His areas of expertise include visualization, statistical modeling, and data manipulation and management. Ista has expertise in statistical programs including R, Stata, SPSS,  and Mplus, as well as experience with general-purpose programing languages inclucing Python, Javascript, and Haskell.

Ista's day-to-day responsibilities at IQSS include one-on-one statistical and technical computing consultations with Harvard researchers, as well as leading the IQSS statistical software training program. Detailed information about these services and events is available on the Data Science Services page.