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Piotr Sliz, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator, SBGrid
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Piotr founded SBGrid in 2000 and continues to coordinate all SBGrid 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, including software curation and infrastructure development. He acts as the XSEDE Campus Champion for SBGrid 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 »

Rob Baker, M.Sc.

Software Release Engineer

Rob maintains the SBGrid software collection. He installs, configures and tests software and provides first level technical support for users. Prior to joining SBGrid Rob worked as a senior build and release engineer. Rob holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Tufts University.   

Carol Herre, M.Sc.

Software Release Engineer

Carol compiles and maintains software for the SBGrid collection. She came to SBGrid 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 »

Michelle Ottaviano

Relationship Manager

Michelleis 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.

Structural Biology Data Grid (SBDG) Collection Lead

Pete is the chief curator for the structural biology data grid 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 SBDG 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.   

Bill McKinney, J.D., MLS.

Structural Biology Data Grid (SBDG) Data Architect

Bill Bill’s work on the SBDG project focuses on migrating the pilot data management system for integration with Dataverse by extending Dataverse to meet the needs of the structural biology community. He got his Doctor of Law degree from Marquette University before completing his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Before joining SBGrid Bill lead development of DASH, an open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community, and ETDs@Harvard, Harvard's thesis/dissertation submission and management system. .   


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.   

Ilyas Hamdi, M.Sc.

Research Computing Specialist

Ilyas supports off-campus structural biology laboratories that are members of the SBGrid Core. Before joining SBGrid in 2014, he managed the computer lab in the Boston University Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Ilyas holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Suffolk University, a Master's in Computer Science from Boston University, and is currently finishing his Master's in Bio-Imaging at the Boston University Medical School.   

Justin O'Connor

Sr. System Administrator

Justin manages Linux and OS X server infrastructure, including storage, virtual machines, and networking for the SBGrid Consortium 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 related Open Science Grid infrastructure, which provide a high performance computing portal for structural biology related applications. Mick had a BSc degree in Computer Science and has been working with Linux and Open Source technologies since 1999. Before joining SBGrid 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.  

Andrew Morin, Ph.D.

Policy Research Fellow

Andrew works on computational science policy for SBGrid with a focus on the issues surrounding resource sharing and attribution. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation. Before joining SBGrid Andrew obtained a Ph.D. in computational biology from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where he trained with Jens Miller.    Find out More »

Elizabeth Dougherty

Scientific Writer

Elizabeth interviews SBGrid members and contributing developers and writes stories for publication on the SBGrid website. She is an independent writing consultant with a background in math and computer science.    Find out More »