Project Personnel

Executive Team

 

Dr. Parker Antin, is Project Director, PI, and Site Lead for CyVerse at the University of Arizona's BIO5 Institute. Antin is also a professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine from the UA College of Medicine and an Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was brought on to the project in Spring 2015 to help reach non-plant communities.  Antin is a national authority in the areas of developmental biology and genomics who has taught and conducted research at the University of Arizona since 1992.  Antin’s work offers a better understanding of human health. Identifying how genes are used during embryo development in an animal like the chicken allows scientists to better understand how congenital disabilities occur in humans. As a member since 2009 of the Board of Directors and now President-Elect for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Antin has worked extensively in Washington advocating for science funding. He has become well versed in the federal science budget appropriations process and in regulatory issues.

 
 

Dr. Matthew Vaughn is Director of Life Sciences Computing at TACC and is the CI lead for CyVerse.  He is a computational biologist with biological interests in plant epigenetic regulation of gene expression and computational expertise in bioinformatics and high performance computing.  He is co-designer of iPlant’s Agave Science API platform.  He is co-PI of the Arabidopsis Information Portal project, which is leveraging  iPlant resources to build a new, modular database for the Arabidopsis community. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the University of Texas San Antonio Cancer Bioinformatics Initiative and has developed computational biomedicine engagement and support strategies for the University of Texas system.

 
 

Dr. Doreen Ware is a research scientist at the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and Co PI of the NSF CyVerse project.  Her research focuses on leveraging computational, genomic and systems approaches to understand genetic architecture of complex traits in plants.  Over the last several years the Ware laboratory has contributed to collaborative projects to support reference assemblies, annotations, and characterize genetic variation, as well as the development of several infrastructure platforms to support data integration and analyses.  Dr. Ware is PI of the NSF Gramene project, collaborator on the  DOE’s KBase project and has recently stepped down as acting CSIO for USDA ARS.

 
 

Dr. Eric Lyons is assistant professor of Plant Biology at the University of Arizona. Prior to obtaining his PhD in plant biology at the University of California, Berkeley, he worked for six years as a computational biologist and programmer in a number of industry settings including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and software companies.  He has expertise in large project management and currently serves as a science team lead for iPlant.  His research is in bioinformatics and comparative genomics, and he is the founder of CoGe, a premier platform for comparative genomics, which now operates on the CyVerse CI.

 
 

Mr. David Micklos is founder and Executive Director of the DNA
Learning Center (DNALC) at CSHL. He is the CyVerse Education,
Outreach, and Training (EOT) Faculty Advisor and collaborates with
CyVerse senior management and outside advisors to develop EOT
strategy and long-term plans. Mr. Micklos collaborates with NSF-,
NIH-, and HHMI-supported programs to integrate CyVerse into
education programs at the national level. He is PI of several major
projects that use CyVerse cyberinfrastructure: an NSF Course,
Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) grant to introduce
RNA-Seq analysis into undergraduate education, an NSF Advanced
Technological Education (ATE) grant to train community college faculty in DNA sequence and barcode analysis, an NSF Research Collaboration Network (RCN) to stimulate course-based undergraduate research (CURE), an NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) for high school student barcode projects exploring the ecology of Long Island, and a Pinkerton Foundation grant to support research mentorships in DNA barcoding for underrepresented minorities in New York City high schools.

 
 

Mr. Nirav Merchant is the director for Bio Computing at the University of Arizona (UA), overseeing the comprehensive computational cyberinfrastructure for biomedical research, supporting diverse projects ranging from large scale clinical NGS analytics platforms to mobile health (mHealth) interventions. With over 20 years of experience at UA as technology strategist and architect for multi institutional projects involving scalable data analytics. Within iPlant he advises on CI strategy, leads the technology assessment effort, and oversees daily operations of iPlant’s Core Software and Core Services groups. Mr. Merchant also co-teaches an interdisciplinary course in Applied Cyberinfrastructure Concepts, designed with iPlant, XSEDE, and FutureGrid infrastructure.

Staff

Software Engineer, Core Services

University of Arizona

 

Science Informatician

University of Arizona

 

Science Informatician

University of Arizona

Science Informatician

University of Arizona

 

Senior Sofware Engineer, Core Software

University of Arizona

 

Senior Systems Administrator, Cloud Native Services

University of Arizona

 

Research Associate, TACC

UT Austin

 

Systems Administrator, Cloud Native Services

University of Arizona

jeremyfrady@cyverse.org

 

Sr. Software Developer

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 
 

Project Manager, TACC

UT Austin

 
 

User Engagement Officer

University of Arizona

 

Coordinator, Marketing & Communications

University of Arizona

 

Software Engineer, Core Software

University of Arizona

 
 

Software Engineer, Cloud Native Services

University of Arizona

 
 

Software Engineer, Core Software

University of Arizona

 
 

Senior Software Engineer, Core Software

University of Arizona

 
 

Software Engineer, Core Software

University of Arizona

 
 

Software Engineer, Cloud Native Services

University of Arizona

 
 

Director, Infrastructure

University of Arizona

Research Associate, Life Sciences Computing, TACC

UT Austin

Assistant Director, Finance & Management

University of Arizona

 

Software Engineer, Lead

University of Arizona

 

Science Informatician

University of Arizona

 

User Interface and Application Developer

University of Arizona

 

Senior Science Informatician

University of Arizona

 

Scientific Informatics Analyst

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 

Education, Outreach, and Training Lead

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 
 

Software Engineer, Core Software

University of Arizona

 

Students

Jessmer John Palanca

Undergraduate Student (Skidmore), Cloud Native Services

University of Arizona

 

Ariel Villasenor

Undergraduate Student (Skidmore), Cloud Native Services

University of Arizona