Strategic Advisory Board

The Strategic Advisory Board serves in an advisory role to the project’s Executive Team by providing advice on:

  • Implementation strategies for translating strategic initiatives and community needs into actionable, prioritized plans for cyberinfrastructure development;

  • Strategies to create and demonstrate scientific and training impacts;

  • Annual work plans and resource allocations;

  • Sustainability planning, including strategies for diversifying revenue sources and identifying new opportunities that are aligned with our mission of becoming a permanent enabling cyberinfrastructure resource for US data science;

  • Opportunities for partnerships and leveraging of resources; and

  • Additional activities requested by the Principal Investigator (PI). 

Stan Ahalt

Stan Ahalt is director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He leads a team of research scientists, software and network engineers, data science specialists and visualization experts who work closely with faculty research teams at UNC, Duke, NC State and with partners across the country. RENCI’s role is to provide enabling cyberinfrastructure to these research collaborations, which often means working on the challenges of data management, sharing, integration and security.

Dr. Ahalt is also a professor in the UNC Computer Science Department and is associate director at the Biomedical Informatics Service of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS), UNC’s CTSA award. In this role, he leverages the expertise and resources of RENCI to foster clinical and translational research across the UNC campus.

Titus Brown

Titus Brown is an Associate Professor of Population Health and Reproduction at the University of California, Davis's Genome Center. The central focus of his lab group, the Lab for Data Intensive Biology, is to tackle questions surrounding biological data analysis, data integration, and data sharing. His primary interest is in genomic, transcriptomic, and metagenomic sequence analysis. He works extensively with the Software Carpentry volunteer organization, whose mission is to help researchers be more productive by teaching them basic computing skills.

Sarah C. R. Elgin

Sarah C. R. Elgin is the Victor Hamburger Professor of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Biology ( ), Professor of Genetics (WUMS), and Professor of Education at Washington University in St. Louis.

Elgin’s research centers on chromatin structure and function, using Drosophila as the model system. Her current emphasis is on heterochromatin formation and gene silencing, looking at the role of repetitious DNA in triggering such packaging, and looking at the ability of some genes to function in a chromatin environment that promotes silencing. This work has been funded by NIH, NSF, and ACS.

She has been a member of the NIH-funded modENCODE group which was responsible for mapping chromosomal proteins and histone modifications across the fly genome. Elgin’s appointment as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in 2002 enabled her to establish the Genomics Education Partnership ( ) which she continues to direct.

Elgin has served on numerous editorial boards, currently including Epigenetics & Chromatin, and was a founding editor of CBE-Life Science Education. She currently serves as a member of the Board on Life Sciences for the National Academies, as a member of the Advisory Board for CourseSource, and as a member of the steering committee for the Network for Integrating Bioinformatics into Life Sciences Education.

Pamela J. Hines

Pamela J. Hines is a Senior Editor at Science magazine, published weekly by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Hines manages recruitment, review, and selection of research manuscripts on topics in plant science, developmental neurobiology, and molecular and developmental biology with an eye towards identifying emerging topics and exciting research of broad interest. She travels widely from her base in Virginia, visiting with scientists and students around the world to find and support the best research. Educated at Oberlin College, University of Wisconsin, and the Johns Hopkins University, her research and teaching experience is in developmental biology, chromatin, gene control, and DNA replication in eukaryotes during early development.

Dr. Carl Kesselman

Dr. Carl Kesselman is a Dean’s Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and a Fellow in the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) in the Viterbi School of Engineering.

He also has appointments in the department of Computer Sciencea and the department of Preventive Medicine in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He is also the Director of the Medical Information Systems Division at ISI He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and Bachelors degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University at Buffalo.

His primary research interests are in the architecture and design of large-scale systems to enable data driven discovery. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Ada Lovelace Medal from the British Computing Society, an R&D 100 award and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Amsterdam.

Nathan D. Lakey

Nathan D. Lakey, MBA, Founding Principal, President & Chief Executive Officer and Director, Orion Genomics, LLC (St. Louis MO); Chairman and Co-Founder of Orion Biosains (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Jakarta, Indonesia).

Mr. Lakey received a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA with Honors from Washington University St. Louis where he received the C. William Emory Executive MBA Award. Mr. Lakey has more than 25 years of experience in genomics. He was Director of DNA Sequencing at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by Takeda), and helped form Millennium Predictive Medicine, Millennium Biotherapeutics and Cereon Inc., (acquired by Monsanto).

Before joining Millennium, Mr. Lakey held various positions with Molecular Dynamics (acquired by Amersham), Ambion Inc., (acquired by Applied Biosystems) and Harvard Medical School’s Department of Genetics in the laboratory of next generation sequencing pioneer, George M. Church. Mr. Lakey currently serves as chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee, Biogenerator, chairman of Orion Biosains SDN BHD, and serves on the boards of Orion Genomics LLC, Missouri Baptist Hospital, Apse LLC, EpigenTX, INC, and YourBevCo LLC.

Henry Neeman

Henry Neeman is the founding Director of the OU Supercomputing Center for Education & Research (OSCER), Assistant Vice President for Information Technology - Research Strategy Advisor, Associate Professor of Engineering, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oklahoma (OU).

Dr. Neeman and his counterpart at Oklahoma State University, Dr. Dana Brunson, have been appointed joint co-leads of the Campus Engagement program of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), the umbrella organization over the National Science Foundation-funded national supercomputing centers.

He also collaborates with the Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Research and Education Facilitators (ACI-REF) project led by Clemson University, and serves on the steering committee of the Linux Clusters Institute, as a member of Internet2's High Performance Research Computing Program Advisory Group, on the committee of the International HPC Training Consortium, as well as on the National Science Foundation's Advisory Committee for Cyberinfrastructure, where he chairs the Working Group on Learning and Workforce Development.

James Reecy

James Reecy, professor of Animal Science, joined the faculty of Iowa State University in February of 1999. He received a B.S. degree from South Dakota State University in 1990, Brookings; a M.S. degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1992; and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University, West Lafayette in 1995.

Dr. Reecy came to ISU from Baylor College of Medicine, where he worked as a postdoctoral associate in Cell Biology from 1996 to 1999. During his career, Dr. Reecy has worked on problems in ruminant nutrition, skeletal muscle growth and development, embryonic heart development, beef and mouse molecular and quantitative genetics, and livestock bioinformatics.

Currently, his lab works on beef cattle molecular genetics with a focus on identifying genes involved in improving the healthfulness of beef (i.e. making the beef that consumers eat healthier to eat) and health of cattle. Dr. Reecy currently is the NRSP-8 database coordinator, where he leads national efforts to improve the computational resources available for genomics research on livestock species. In addition, he is the director of the Office of Biotechnology, which facilitates biotechnology research at Iowa State University.