All-Hands Meeting Biographies

Lucila Ohno-Machado, Ph.D., M.D.

Dr. Ohno-Machado is the Principal Investigator for bioCADDIE and professor of Medicine and founding chief of the Division of Biomedical Informatics at UCSD. 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 UCSD 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. 

Jeffrey Grethe, Ph.D.

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, I 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, I joined the fMRI Data Center (fMRIDC) at Dartmouth College. At the fMRIDC, I was one of the core members responsible for bringing the Data Center online, the first publicly accessible repository of peer-reviewed fMRI studies. Throughout my career, I have been involved in enabling collaborative research, data sharing and discovery through the application of advanced informatics approaches. 

Hua Xu, Ph.D.

Hua Xu, Ph.D., is a professor at UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics. He directs the Center for Computational Biomedicine at UTHealth. Currently, he is the Chair of American Medical Informatics Association natural language processing working group. In 2008, Xu received his Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical informatics from Columbia University. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Nanjing University in China and a Master of Science in computer science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Xu is an expert in biomedical text processing and data mining. His primary research interests include: 1) natural language processing of clinical text; 2) text mining of biomedical literature; and 3) health care data mining. He is the author of many publications on biomedical NLP and text mining, and his research on medication extraction received the Homer Warner Award from AMIA in 2009. Xu has been principal investigator on a number of grants, including R01s from The National Library of Medicine and The National Cancer Institute.

Susanna Sansone, Ph.D.

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. I am a 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). 

Ian Fore, Ph.D.

Dr. Ian Fore is a Senior Biomedical Informatics Program Manager at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology with a focus on data integration in both basic and clinical science. He led CBIIT’s programs in biorepository and pathology informatics.  Previously Dr. Fore worked on drug discovery informatics at Wyeth Research in both the UK and USA, and at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D including developing global databases for research data. He was a product manager at Celera Genomics responsible for programmers interfaces to integrate Celera’s informatics systems with those of its customers.  Prior to leaving the lab for an informatics career Ian gained his D.Phil. in Physiology at the University of Oxford and subsequently worked as a Research Pharmacologist.

George Alter, Ph.D.

George 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).

Harold R. Solbrig

Harold R. Solbrig has been involved in computational semantics and information modeling since the early 1970's.   He represents the Mayo Clinic on multiple standards organizations including Health Level Seven (HL7), the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Standards Organization (ISO), the Object Management Group (OMG) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  His focus has been standardized models and API's for terminological resources and the tools to represent them in clinical and biomedical data.  He is currently working the representation of UML and constraint based modeling paradigms as RDF constraints and the linking of RDF data with ontological resources.  Mr. Solbrig has helped develop the ShEx language and is an active participant in the RDF Data shapes working group.  

Ramkiran Gouripeddi, M.B.B.S., M.S.

Dr. Ram Gouripeddi earned his MS from Arizona State University (2009) and his medical degree from MGR Medical University, India. He is an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah’s Department of Biomedical Informatics. He has broad interests in clinical and clinical research informatics. He participates in research in which investigators attempt to understand the requirements of the clinical research community and develop the means and tools to enable, accelerate and scale clinical research. In particular, these are in the use of informatics methods for comparative effectiveness research and health-services research; machine learning and data mining for knowledge discovery and personalized medicine; biomedical data modeling; biomedical terminologies and ontologies. Dr. Gouripeddi was previously a Research Associate with the office of the AVP for Health Sciences Information Technology and continues to work with the FURTHeR team. He played an instrumental role in extending and deploying FURTHeR as a platform for comparative effectiveness research. Dr. Gouripeddi practiced medicine before obtaining his informatics training from Arizona State University.

Chris Mungall, Ph.D.

I am a Research Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where I develop information systems designed to answer complex biological questions of relevance to human health and the environment. I am a PI on the NIH Monarch Initiative project (, which provides a portal and search tools for linking animal models to human diseases. I am one of the co-founders of the Open Biological Ontologies (OBO) Foundry, a collection of interoperable ontologies for describing biological data and facts. I am also a developer for the Gene Ontology Consortium, and have developed a number of ontologies in the comparative phenotype space, including the Uberon ontology of metazoan organ systems.

Eric Deutsch, Ph.D.

Dr. Eric Deutsch is a senior research scientist at the Institute for Systems Biology, specializing in bioinformatics and integration of data for systems biology research, with a focus on proteomics. He is the lead designer for the Systems Biology Experiment Analysis Management System (SBEAMS). He contributes to the development of minimum information standards and data formats as chair of the HUPO Proteomics Standards Initiative. Dr. Deutsch is the head of the PeptideAtlas Project, which aims to collect proteomic mass spectrometry data from labs around the world to synthesize a master list of observed peptides and proteins and disseminate the results back to the community. He also leads the team that develops the Trans-Proteomic Pipeline (TPP), the mostly widely used free and open source suite of tools for the complete analysis of shotgun proteomics data.

Maryann Martone, Ph.D.

I received my BA from Wellesley College in biological psychology and my Ph.D. in neuroscience in 1990 from the University of California, San Diego, where I just retired as a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience. My background is in neuroanatomy, particularly light and electron microscopy, but I spend most of my time now in the field of neuroinformatics.  I am the principal investigator of the Neuroinformatics Framework project, a national project to establish a uniform resource description framework for neuroscience.  My recent work has focused on building ontologies for neuroscience for data integration. I just completed my tenure as the US scientific representative to the International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF), where I still head to program on ontologies. I am finishing up my tenure as president of FORCE11, an organization dedicated to advancing scholarly communication and e-scholarship, on December 31, 2015.  I remain a professor emeritus at UCSD and have recently joined, a non-profit dedicated to developing an annotation layer over the web, as Director of Biosciences.