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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 while directing his own structural biology laboratory. Piotr's structural biology research is focused on understanding the mechanism of microRNA biogenesis regulation using biochemical and crystallographic approaches. He is an associate professor in Pediatrics and in the department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. He is also a member of the Open Science Grid Council and the Harvard Medical School Research Computing Governance Committee. 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

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 occasional workshops.   

Pete Meyer, Ph.D.

Research Computing Specialist

Pete supports structural biology laboratories at Harvard Medical School, including those of Stephen Harrison, Tom Walz, James Chou, Stephen Blacklow, Andrew Kruse, Tom Rapoport, Suzanne Walker, James Hogle, and Piotr Sliz. He joined the SBGrid team in 2014 after completing his postdoctoral training at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Peter holds a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University where he used crystallography to study RNA Polymerase II Complex. He is an experienced computing programmer and has 10 years of Linux administration experience.   

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

Scientific Web Services Developer

Mick maintains and develops the SBGrid Science Portal and related Open Science Grid infrastructure, which provide a high performance computing portal for structural biology related applications. He also coordinates software installations for member laboratories and maintains the SBGrid website. Mick has a B.Sc. 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 »

Stephanie Socias

Visiting Postgrad Research Fellow

Stephanie is working in conjunction with Policy Fellow Andrew Morin on tools to support software attribution. She completed her B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Notre Dame.   

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 »