Alina Lungeanu is a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Northwestern University and a member of the Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) research group. Her work focuses on two key aspects of collaboration in interdisciplinary scientific teams: (1) the social dynamics of such collaboration and (2) the impact of the collaboration on innovation. Alina uses computational social science approaches including advanced social network analytic techniques, agent-based modeling, and text analytics, to examine the role of individual/team characteristics and social networks in both innovation and the evolution of scientific fields. Her work has spanned scientific fields such as Oncofertility and Implementation Science, and has focused on areas including the effects of NSF grant-funding and the research-advancement efforts of the NIH Clinical & Translational Science Centers. Recently, Alina has started working on examining the collaboration challenges in space teams training for missions to Mars.