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Piotr Sliz, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, SBGrid/BioGrids
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Piotr founded SBGrid in 2000 and continues to coordinate all SBGrid and BioGrids activities. He is an associate professor in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital, and in the department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. He is also the Director of Research Information, Technology, and Services at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Advisor for Research Data Technology Resources and Training at Harvard Medical School. Piotr obtained his Ph.D. degree in X-ray crystallography from University of Toronto where he trained with Emil Pai. After his Ph.D. he worked as an HHMI bioinformatician with Profs. Don Wiley and Stephen Harrison at Harvard University.    Find out More »

Jason Key, Ph.D.

Technical Project Leader
XSEDE Campus Champion for SBGrid

Jason oversees all technical activities of SBGrid and BioGrids, including software curation and infrastructure development. He acts as the XSEDE Campus Champion for SBGrid/BioGrids and collaborates with members of the consortium on research projects. Prior to joining SBGrid, Jason trained as a postdoctoral fellow with Kevin Garner, at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and with Profs. Rienk van Grondelle and Klaas Hellingwerf at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his graduate studies in macromolecular crystallography in Prof. Keith Moffat’s laboratory at the University of Chicago.    Find out More »

Carol Herre, M.Sc.

Software Release Engineer

Carol compiles and maintains software for the SBGrid/BioGrids collections. She came to us with a background in computer science and has over 10 years of experience in software configuration management and quality assurance. Carol received her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees in computer science from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.   Find out More »

Jim Vincent, Ph.D.

Bioinformatics Software Specialist

Jim is our resident bioinformatics specialist with a focus on providing bioinformatics software support and curating, configuring, and installing our software collection. Jim worked most recently as the Director of the Bioinformatics Core in the Vermont Genetics Network at the University of Vermont, leading a small team of bioinformatics scientists. His background is in Chemistry and Computer Science with dual BS degrees from the University of Vermont and a PhD in Computational Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University. After completing his postdoc at the National Cancer Institute, where he employed protein modeling techniques to refine the structures of novel cancer drugs, Jim accepted a permanent position at the NCI in the Bioinformatics and Molecular Modeling Section of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology before returning to Vermont.  


Michelle Ottaviano

Relationship Manager

Michelle is the primary contact for members and contributing developers for all non-technical matters. She handles new member inquiries, membership and billing questions, and software licensing. Michelle also develops content for the website and newsletter in addition to coordinating the monthly webinar series and organizing computing workshops.   

Pete Meyer, Ph.D.

SBGrid Data Bank (SBDB) Collection Lead

Pete is the chief curator for the SBGrid Data Bank that was described in our recent Nature Communication manuscript. He moderates data uptake, develops automated data validation tools, and works on implementation of the Data Locality module that will propagate a subset of SBDB datasets to various supercomputing sites. Dr. Meyer joined the SBGrid team in 2014 after completing his postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. During his graduate and postdoctoral work, he studied a variety of RNA Polymerase II Transcription Factor Complexes, using and improving methods for studying large complexes with low-resolution x-ray crystallography. He is also an experienced computing programmer and has 10 years of Linux administration experience.   

Matthew Dunlap

SBGrid Data Bank (SBDB) Data Science Engineer

Matthew joined SBGrid in 2017 as a Data Science Engineer for the SBGrid Data Bank project. Embedded in Dataverse Team at Harvard IQSS, Matthew is charged with integrating SBGrid's pilot Data Bank management system with Dataverse and extending Dataverse to meet the needs of the structural biology community. He has a background in software development, a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Calgary, and a B.Sc in Computer Science and Philosophy from Christopher Newport University.   

Sakthyda Corrado

Jr. Relationship Associate

Sakthyda works with Michelle Ottaviano to support members and developers with billing, licensing and contact management. She provides support to the whole SBGrid team for scheduling and organizing events.   

Dmitry Filonov

Research Computing Specialist

Dmitry supports off-campus structural biology laboratories that are members of the SBGrid Core. Before joining Dr. Sliz's group in 2017, he worked at Children's Hospital as a System Administrator / Network Analyst. Dmitry brings with him over 10 years of experience managing complex computer networks and file servers, , implementing networking services, and providing end-user support.   

Justin O'Connor

Sr. System Administrator

Justin manages Linux and OS X server infrastructure, including storage, virtual machines, and networking for the SBGrid Consortium, BioGrids, and for 25 structural biology laboratories in the Boston area. Prior to joining our group in 2013 he worked as a Network and Systems Administrator at the Immune Disease Institute and as a Network Analyst at Boston Children’s Hospital.   

Mick Timony

Project Lead - Structural Biology Computing Infrastructure

Mick oversees management of the SBGrid Core Services and directly supports 14 member laboratories at Harvard Medical School. He also maintains and develops the SBGrid science portals, and works directly with the Open Science Grid to support access to high performance computing. Mick had a BSc degree in Computer Science and has been working with Linux and Open Source technologies since 1999. Before joining the group he worked as a Chemical Computing Administrator at the Center for Molecular Library Development at Boston University and as a senior software engineer at Fidelity Investments.  

Carol Cruzan Morton

Scientific Writer

Carol interviews SBGrid/BioGrids members and contributing developers and writes stories for publication on the SBGrid and BioGrids websites. She is an independent writing consultant with a background in journalism and specializing in science-related topics for over 30 years.

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