NRNB Team

Leadership

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Trey Ideker, Ph.D. is the principal investigator of the National Resource for Network Biology. He currently serves as the Division Chief of Medical Genetics at the UCSD School of Medicine, Director of the San Diego Center for Systems Biology, Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering, Adjunct Professor of Computer Science and Member of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. He was named one of the Top 10 Innovators of 2006 by Technology Review magazine and is the 2009 recipient of the Overton Prize from the ISCB.

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Alexander Pico, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the National Resource for Network Biology. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Bioinformatics at Gladstone Institutes where he leads a systems biology technology development group. Alex cofounded WikiPathways in 2007 and has contributed to the development of Cytoscape since 2006. Since 2007, he has organized the annual Google Summer of Code program for NRNB.

Investigators

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Gary Bader, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at The Donnelly Centre at the University of Toronto. He helped found the field of network biology with early contributions to network visualization and modeling, database resources and analysis. He was included twice (for Biology/Biochemistry and Computer Science) on the Thomson Reuters list of most influential scientists worldwide in 2014. His research focuses on identifying causal pathways in disease and in precision medicine.

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Chris Sander, Ph.D. is Chair of the Computational Biology Program at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. In 1986, he became department chair and founder of the Biocomputing Program at the European Molecular Biology laboratories (EMBL) in Heidelberg with the support of Sydney Brenner. He was a founding member of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) when the society was established in early 1997, and he is a former Executive Editor for the journal Bioinformatics. In 2010 he was awarded the ISCB Accomplishment by a Senior Scientist Award.

Staff

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Kristina Hanspers, M.E. is the Outreach Coordinator for the National Resource for Network Biology. She is a senior research associate at the Gladstone Institute. Kristina writes and organizes documentation, tracks NRNB activities and assists in the preparation of the annual report.

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Scooter Morris, Ph.D. is the Roving Engineer for the National Resource for Network Biology and a core developer of Cytoscape. He is the Executive Director of the Resource for Biocomputing, Visualization, and Informatics at UCSF. He has created several Cytoscape apps for visualizing diverse biological data types on networks.

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Keiichiro Ono, M.S. is the Infrastructure Guru for the National Resource for Network Biology. He is a Research Associate / Programmer Analyst in the Ideker Lab at UCSD and core developer of Cytoscape focusing on data import, web services and visualization. He also helps maintain the NRNB web site.

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Barry Demchak, Ph.D. is the Chief Architect for the National Resource for Network Biology. He is also the Chief Architect and Project Manager of the Cytoscape Project, where he leads a development team in the Ideker Lab at UCSD. Dr Demchak is responsible for the overall architecture and development plan for Cytoscape, including the emergence of the Cytoscape Cyberinfrastructure.

External Advisory Committee

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Stephen Friend, M.D, Ph.D. is President, Co-Founder and Director of Sage Bionetworks. He was previously Senior Vice President and Franchise Head for Oncology Research at Merck & Co., Inc.

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David Hill, Ph.D. is Associate Director of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where he is also co-leader of the Pathogen Host Interactomes group.

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Tamara Munzner, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and is a member of the IMAGER Graphics, Visualization and HCI research group.

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Nicholas Schork, Ph.D. is Director of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Professor in the department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at the Scripps Research Institute.

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Gustavo Stolovitzky, Ph.D. is Manager of the Functional Genomics and Systems Biology group at the IBM Computational Biology Center. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences, and an adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University.

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Marian Walhout, Ph.D. is Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the program of Program in Gene Function and Expression.

Partners and Collaborators