External Advisory Board

Our expert External Advisory Board (EAB) members are available on an ongoing basis, and meet yearly to provide input about the project and connection to the wider biomedical, semantic, and big data communities.

The External Advisory Board brings advanced credentials in Semantic Web, Biomedicine, Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics, Digital Science and Scientific Computing, and Digital Archiving and Preservation technologies.

Carole Goble

Carole Goble

University of Manchester

Bio for Dr. Goble

Carole Goble has an international reputation in Semantic Web, Distributed Computing, and Social Computing for scientific collaboration. She is a member of the Software Sustainability Institute UK. She directs the myGrid project, which produces the widely-used open source Taverna workflow management system; myExperiment, a social web site for sharing scientific workflows; the Biocatalogue of web services for the life sciences; and the SEEK for storing, sharing and preserving Systems Biology outcomes.In 2008 Carole was awarded the inaugural Microsoft Jim Gray award for outstanding contributions to e-Science. In 2010 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2012 she was nominated for the Benjamin Franklin award for open science in Biology.

George Hripcsak

George Hripcsak, M.D., M.S.

Columbia University

Bio for Dr. Hripcsak

George Hripcsak, MD, MS, is Vivian Beaumont Allen Professor and Chair of Columbia University’s Department of Biomedical Informatics and Director of Medical Informatics Services for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Hripcsak is a board-certified internist with degrees in chemistry, medicine, and biostatistics. He led the effort to create the Arden Syntax, a language for representing health knowledge that has become a national standard. Dr. Hripcsak’s current research focus is on the clinical information stored in electronic health records and on the development of next-generation health record systems. Using nonlinear time series analysis, machine learning, knowledge engineering, and natural language processing, he is developing the methods necessary to support clinical research and patient safety initiatives. As Director of Medical Informatics Services, he oversees a 12,000-user, 4-million-patient clinical information system and data repository. He co-chaired the Meaningful Use Workgroup of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’s Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology; it defines the criteria by which health care providers collect incentives for using electronic health records. Dr. Hripcsak was elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics in 1995 and served on the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). As chair of the AMIA Standards Committee, he coordinated the medical-informatics community response to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the health-informatics standards rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Dr. Hripcsak chaired the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee, and he is a fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine. He has served on several National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences committees, and he has published over 250 papers.

Clifford Lynch

Clifford Lynch, Ph.D.

Coalition for Networked Information

Bio for Dr. Lynch

Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. Lynch serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress; he was a member of the National Research Council committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits, and now serves on the NRC's committee on digital archiving and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Barend Mons, Ph.D.

Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre

Bio for Dr. Mons

Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training (PhD Leiden University 1986) and spent over 15 years in malaria research. After that he gained experience in computer-assisted knowledge discovery, which is still his research focus. He spent time with the European Commission (1993-1996) and with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Barend also co-founded several spin off companies.

Currently , Barend is Professor in Biosemantics at the Human Genetics department of Leiden University Medical Center, is Head of Node for ELIXIR-NL at the Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences, Integrator Life Sciences at the Netherlands eScience Center, and board member of the Leiden Centre of Data Science.

In 2014, Barend initiated the FAIR data initiative and in 2015, Barend Mons was appointed Chair of the European Commission's High Level Expert Group for the “European Open Science Cloud”, DG Research and Innovation.

Beth Plale

Beth Plale, Ph.D.

Indiana University

Bio for Dr. Plale

Beth Plale is a Full Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University where she directs the Data To Insight Center and is Science Director of the Pervasive Technology Institute. Dr. Plale’s research interests are in long-term preservation and curation of scientific and scholarly data, Big Data data management, metadata and provenance, data trustworthiness and security, and data-driven cyberinfrastructure. Plale is deeply engaged in interdisciplinary research and education. Plale’s postdoctoral studies were at Georgia Institute of Technology, her PhD in CS from State University of New York Binghamton. She is founder and Co-director of the HathiTrust Research Center which provisions analysis to 14 million digitized books from research libraries and vice chair of the Research Data Alliance/US.

Richard H. Scheuermann

Richard H. Scheuermann, Ph.D.

J. Craig Venter Institute

Bio for Dr. Scheuermann

Richard H. Scheuermann, Ph.D., Director of Informatics at JCVI, received a B.S. in Life Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.  After completing his doctoral research on bacterial replication fidelity at U.C. Berkeley, he accepted an independent research position at the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland, where he identified the CDP protein as a critical regulator of immunoglobulin gene expression.  In 1992 he joined the faculty in the Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he rose to the rank of Professor with tenure.  In 2012, after 20 years on the faculty of U.T. Southwestern, Dr. Scheuermann moved to San Diego to become the Director of Informatics at JCVI.

Since 2001, Dr. Scheuermann has applied his deep knowledge in molecular immunology and infectious disease toward the development of novel computational data mining methods and knowledge representation approaches, including the development of biomedical ontologies and their use in data mining, novel methods for the analysis of gene expression, protein network and flow cytometry data, and novel comparative genomics methods.  These knowledge representation approaches and computational methods have been made available to the research community through several public database and analysis resources, including the Influenza Research Database (IRD; www.fludb.org), the Virus Pathogen Resource (ViPR; www.viprbrc.org) and the Immunology Database and Analysis Portal (ImmPort; www.immport.org) supported by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  At JCVI he is also expanding his bioinformatics research program into the area of human genomics.

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Feb 5 2016 - 11:47pm