Ethan Cerami, Ph.D. is the Director of the Knowledge Systems Group and Principal Scientist in the Department of Data Sciences at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Ethan was the Director of Computational Biology at Blueprint Medicines, and Director of Cancer Informatics Development at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). While at MSKCC, Ethan co-founded the cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics, and the group remains active in its continued development.
James Lindsay, Ph.D. is Associate Director and Chief Software Architect within the Knowledge Systems Group. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, James was a Co-founder of Smpl Bio, a bioinformatics company which builds web based tools that simplify complex statistical and analytical tasks for bench biologists. He brings expertise in software architecture, bioinformatics, genomics and machine learning. Within the Knowledge Systems Group, James leads several new initiatives, including the MatchMiner platform for algorithmically matching genomic profiles to clinical trials.
Roshni Biswas is a Bioinformatics Software Engineer within the Knowledge Systems Group, working primarily on the Cancer Immunologic Data Commons (CIDC). Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Roshni graduated with a degree in Computer Science Engineering and was a post-bacc Data Science and Bioinformatics researcher at NASA. Roshni is excited to contribute to our informatics and full-stack software development efforts.
Tiarah Jeudi is an Administrator Support Specialist within the Knowledge Systems Group. Prior to joining Dana Farber, Tiarah acquired over 10 years of support experience from working in a number of industries. Tiarah holds a B.A. in Applied Psychology and Human Development and Studio Arts from Boston College.
Harry Klein, Ph.D. is a Genomics Scientist within the group. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Harry received his Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studied programmed cell death in grass flower development. He brings expertise in genetics, genomics, and computational biology. Within the Knowledge Systems Group, Harry will focus on assessing the impact of MatchMiner, a platform for algorithmically matching genomic profiles to clinical trials.
Elyse Kozlowski, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist within the Knowledge Systems Group and the Scientific Program Manager for the Human Tumor Atlas Network Data Coordinating Center, a Cancer Moonshot initiative to construct 3-dimensional atlases of human cancers. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Elyse served as Program Manager for the University of Arizona-Banner Health All of Us Research Program, a longitudinal research program to accelerate health research and precision medicine. Elyse received her Ph.D. in Genetics & Genomics from Boston University, where she studied post-transcriptional regulation of the immune response in pneumonia.
Priti Kumari, M.S. is Senior Bioinformatics Team Lead within the group. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Priti worked as a Bioinformatics Software Engineer at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Institute For Genome Sciences. She brings expertise in bioinformatics, genomics, and next-generation sequence analysis. Within the Knowledge Systems Group, Priti leads development of the cBioPortal @ DFCI, an online portal for mining all sequencing data at Dana-Farber.
Rochelle Levy is the Program Coordinator for KSG as well as the HTAN DCC Scientific Project Coordinator. Prior to joining KSG, Rochelle was the executive assistant to Dr. George Demetri in the Sarcoma department within DFCI where she coordinated events, acted as a liaison between patients and physicians and assisted in managing academic appointments and day to day operations for all Sarcoma physicians. Rochelle holds a bachelors degree in business management and graphic design and has over ten years in healthcare and business administration. Rochelle wears many hats and also assists in various projects by utilizing her unique organization and management techniques as well as graphic and web design skills to propel projects forward.
Daniel Lin is a Software Engineer within the Knowledge Systems Group, working primarily on the BWH/DFCI Profile Clinical Sequencing Project. He graduated with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science from Oregon State University. Prior to joining Dana Farber, he was a graduate student at Oregon State University, and a Software Engineer for the Department of Veterinary Science at Oregon State University. He was also a security research intern at Robert Bosch. Daniel is passionate about good software engineering practices, software testing, and software design patterns.
Pieter Lukasse, M.S. is the Team Lead, Bioinformatics Engineering within the Knowledge Systems Group, working primarily on the BWH/DFCI Profile Clinical Sequencing Project. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Pieter worked as Senior Software Architect and Lead Developer in the Cancer Genomics team at The Hyve. At The Hyve, Pieter helped lead custom development efforts for cBioPortal and Open Targets, two popular Open Source projects for cancer research and drug discovery, respectively. Pieter holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Bioinformatics and has extensive experience in software development, systems integration and software architecture in general, working in the field of software development since 1999.
Jacob Lurye is a Software Engineer within the Knowledge Systems Group. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Jacob worked in data science at Apple and software engineering at a Boston-area startup. As a member of the KSG, Jacob is developing software for the Cancer Immunological Data Commons (CIDC). He is excited about Open Source’s potential to accelerate scientific discovery.
Tali Mazor, Ph.D., is a Computational Biology Scientist within the group. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Tali received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California San Francisco where she studied the heterogeneity and evolution of brain tumor genomics and epigenomics. She brings expertise in genomics, translational cancer research and computational biology. Within the Knowledge Systems Group, Tali will focus on several initiatives, including outreach and training for cBioPortal and genomic analysis of data from the Profile and GENIE projects.
Andrea Ovalle is a Bioinformatics Analyst within the Knowledge Systems Group. She holds a B.A. in Neuroscience from Smith College and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Software Development at BU. Within KSG, Andrea works on the MatchMiner platform, where she is responsible for the curation, maintenance and data analysis of clinical trials currently hosted within the platform.
Dai Phan is a Software Engineer within the Knowledge Systems Group. Prior to joining Dana-Farber, Dai worked at Dell-EMC where he was part of the automation support team, providing tools and services to support the testing of features for the VMAX storage. As a member of the KSG, Dai is responsible for front-end and backend support for the ImmunoProfile project.
Joyce Quach is a Software Engineer Intern within the Knowledge Systems Group, working primarily on the cBioPortal. She is currently pursuing her B.S. in Computer Science at University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to KSG, she participated in the Summer Program to Advance Research Careers (SPARC) provided by the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC) and UMB partnership, where she helped develop a pipeline component for fusion genes in the Computational Biology Group at UMB. In KSG, Joyce has been working on the cBioPortal installation map.
Ethan Siegel is a Software Engineer within the Knowledge Systems Group. Prior to working at Dana Farber, Ethan worked at various startups and companies around the Boston area. He is passionate about web development technologies. Within the Knowledge Systems Group, Ethan works on the MatchMiner and cBioPortal projects.
Luke Sikina is a Software Engineer within the Knowledge Systems Group, working primarily on the cBioPortal. Previously, he worked at a startup in Cleveland, developing software solutions for precision oncology workflows. Luke is a strong believer in the importance of free and open source software solutions, and is excited to contribute to such solutions within cancer genomics.
Pavel Trukhanov is a Sr. Software Engineer within the Knowledge Systems Group, working primarily on the Cancer Immunologic Data Commons (CIDC). Prior to joining Dana Farber, Pavel was a Co-founder of Okmeter.io, a software monitoring and reliability company that simplifies monitoring of complex web systems and databases with a SaaS solution. He is a Linux and web systems expert, who is also passionate about bioinformatics and biotechnology. Within the Knowledge Systems Group, Pavel is our lead software engineer for the Cancer Immunology Data Commons project.
Stephen C. Van Nostrand
Stephen C. Van Nostrand is a Software Engineer, who came to the Knowledge Systems Group after graduating with a Master's in Biological Engineering from MIT. Stephen works primarily on the Cancer Immunological Data Commons (CIDC), with experience with both the technological and biological aspects of cancer research. They're excited to contribute to cutting-edge scientific advancement by way of opening up data sharing.
Nithya Venkatamohan, M.S. is Senior Clinical Informatics Analyst within the Knowledge Systems Group. She holds a M.S. in Health Informatics & Management from the University of Massachusetts and a Bachelor's in Dental Surgery. She brings expertise in clinical terminologies, data standardization and analytics. Within KSG, Nithya will focus on clinical data standardization for Human Tumor Atlas Network Data Coordinating Center (HTAN DCC) efforts and CIDC projects.
Joyce Yu, M.B.A. is a Clinical Project Manager within the Knowledge Systems Group. Prior to joining KSG, Joyce was a Project Analyst for Research Administration in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She brings clinical research project expertise, from patient recruitment and data collection, all the way to grants management and leading large research projects. Currently within KSG, Joyce is working on the Cancer Immunological Data Commons (CIDC).
Sep 20, 2020
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