Steering Committee

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The bioCADDIE team represents a diverse group of talented individuals who are working together to create the first Data Discovery Index.

Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, MBA, PhD, University of California, San Diego

Principal Investigator for bioCADDIE.  Professor of Medicine and founding chief of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at UC San Diego. She is associate dean for informatics and technology and has experience leading multidisciplinary projects at the intersections of biomedicine and quantitative sciences. Her research group focuses on biomedical pattern recognition from large data sets, statistical learning, and privacy technology. The group has also accepted a critical role at UC San Diego Medical Center, including development of tools for quality assessment and the implementation of a clinical data repository for research. Dr. Ohno-Machado is also director of the Biomedical Research Informatics for Global Health training program.  Read More

George Alter, PhD, ICPSR, University of Michigan

Director, ICPSR, Professor of History, University of Michigan. Dr. Alter is director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Research Professor at the Population Studies Center, and Professor of History at the University of Michigan.  ICPSR is the world’s largest social science data archive with units that specialize in data on aging, childcare, criminal justice, demography, health, and substance abuse.  ICPSR is a leader in data curation, digital preservation, secure sharing of confidential data, and training in methods of quantitative analysis.  Alter's research grows out of interests in the history of the family, demography, and economic history, and recent projects have examined the effects of early life conditions on health in old age and new ways of describing fertility transitions.  Recent publications include:  “Generation to Generation: Life Course, Family, and Community,” Social Science History (2013); Arthur Lupia and George Alter. "Data Access and Research Transparency in the Quantitative Tradition." PS: Political Science & Politics (2014).  

Jeffrey Grethe, PhD, University of California, San Diego

Dr. Grethe is currently a co-investigator for the Neuroscience Information Framework (NIF) and Principal Investigator for the NIDDK Information Network (dkNET) in the Center for Research in Biological Systems (CRBS) at the University of California, San Diego. NIF is an open source information framework enabling neuroscientists around the world to access a rich virtual environment identifying and providing access to neuroscience-relevant data and resources, to advance scientific inquiry leading to new discoveries and treatments of human neurological disorders. Following a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine, he received a doctorate in neurosciences with a focus on neuroinformatics and computational modeling from the University of Southern California. After a post-doc in non-invasive human imaging (PET, MRI, fMRI) at Emory University, he joined the fMRI Data Center (fMRIDC) at Dartmouth College. At the fMRIDC, he was one of the core members responsible for bringing the Data Center online, the first publicly accessible repository of peer-reviewed fMRI studies. Throughout his career, he has been involved in enabling collaborative research, data sharing and discovery through the application of advanced informatics approaches. 

Susanna-Assunta Sansone, PhD, University of Oxford and Nature Publishing Group

Associate Director and Principal Investigator, University of Oxford e-Research Centre, UK; Consultant, Nature Publishing Group, Scientific Data My activities are around and in support of data curation, management and publication and their pivotal roles in enabling reproducible research and knowledge discovery. I focus on life science, environmental and biomedical domains, collaborating with data producers and service providers, and pre-competitive informatics initiatives, journals and funding agencies to develop software and promote the creation and uptake of community-developed ontology and standards. Member of international grass-root standards, advocacy groups and non-for-profit efforts, including the Data Dryad (Board of Directors), Research Data Alliance (Technical Advisory Board) and ELIXIR UK Node (Standards and Curation area lead). Partner in several EU-funded projects, including the Innovative Medicines Initiative's eTRIKS project, delivering knowledge management solutions for translational research projects. Also international partner and Steering Committee member of the NIH BD2K Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR).

Hua Xu, PhD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Hua Xu is the Robert H. Graham Professor at the School of Biomedical Informatics in The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). He directs the Center for Computational Biomedicine at UTHealth. Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University in 2008. Prior to UTHealth, he was an assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Xu is an expert in biomedical text processing and data mining and has published over 100 papers in this field. He has also been principal investigator on a number of grants, including multiple R01s from NIH.