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Hector Miras: 

Hector Miras has worked for six years in Virgen Macarena Hospital as a medical physicist. His work is focused on radiotherapy, where he carries out tasks dealing with radiotherapy treatment planning and radiation measurements. He is also a Ph.D. student at University of Seville, where he is currently working on developing cloud-based tools for the performance of radiation calculations. First results of this research were published last April in the Physics in Medicine and Biology journal.

Rubén Jiménez: 

Rubén Jiménez has worked for more than five years as Director of R&D for Icinetic. In these years, he has led the development of Radarc, a tool that integrates aspects of Model Driven Development, Software Factories and Software Product Lines to accelerate the development of technologies based on .NET platform. Among other projects, Radarc has been applied to cloud-based projects for clients such as Spanish Electricity Network, Microsoft or Endesa, increasing profitability, efficiency and time-to-market. The last challenge has been to make possible CloudMC, a platform for parallelizing Monte Carlo simulations applied to radiation transport calculations; satisfactory results have been published in the Physics in Medicine and Biology journal.

Niklas Blomberg: 

Niklas Blomberg is Founding Director of ELIXIR, the European infrastructure for bioinformatics and life science data, based in Hinxton, UK. He holds a BSc in Chemistry from Göteborg University and a Ph.D. from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg where he worked on structural bioinformatics and protein NMR spectroscopy in the group of Michael Nilges. In 1999, he joined AstraZeneca’s Structural Chemistry Lab in Mölndal, Sweden as a molecular modeler and has during his 12-year tenure with AZ worked on topics such as fragment-based lead generation and compound screening collection enhancements. As Associate Director of Computational Chemistry, he led the global cheminformatics group, located in UK and Sweden for six years. In 2011-2013, he built a new, cross-disciplinary team for Computational Chemistry and Computational Biology to support respiratory, inflammation and autoimmune research from target nomination to clinical candidate nomination. He is an industry advisor in national eScience initiatives, until recently chair of BILS, the Swedish ELIXIR node, and has co-chaired the IMI Open PHACTS initiative.

Gianmauro Cuccuru: 

Gianmauro Cuccuru has been a researcher in the Bioinformatics program at the Center for Advanced Studies, Research and Development in Sardinia (CRS4) since April 2009. His activities are focused on the integration of clinical and experimental data associated with genome-wide studies, with an emphasis on reproducibility and traceability.

Brent Richter: 

Brent Richter is the Executive Director of Enterprise Research Infrastructure & Services and Research CTO at Partners HealthCare Systems. Brent began his career in the early 90's pioneering technologies for the Human Genome Project and, for eight years, as a scientist in the areas of molecular biology and population genetics at Harvard University. Leaving Harvard for the teaching hospitals, he has been leading research IT and Informatics Divisions at both Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospitals before joining Partners. Brent Richter has recently been appointed to Partners HealthCare’s Tech Leaders Council, chaired by the Partners CTO, and to the IS Leadership Council, chaired by the Partners CIO. These councils determine overall strategy and direction for the community hospitals, clinics, labs and AMC’s that comprise Partners HealthCare.

Ignacio Blanquer: 

Ignacio Blanquer is Associate Professor at the Computer System Department of the Polythecnic University of Valencia and member of the Research Institute of Instrumentation for Molecular Imaging (I3M). He started his research in 1993 in the field of parallel computation and he has extended his activities to grids and clouds. He has been a member of key research projects in grids and clouds (such as EGEE, EGI-InSPIRE and VENUS-C), being the responsible person of the application area in the Spanish Network for eScience and member of the board of directors of the Spanish Grid Initiative. He has participated in more than 25 European and national research projects funded in competitive calls and he has been member of the board of directors of the HealthGrid Association. He is currently member of a multidisciplinary research group on High-Performance Computing Genomics.

Wolfgang Gentzsch: 

Wolfgang Gentzsch is executive consultant for HPC, Grid and Cloud; Co-founder of the UberCloud HPC Experiment; Advisor to the EU-funded project EUDAT; and the Chairman of the ISC Cloud Conferences. Previously, he was an Advisor to the EU project DEISA, directed the German D-Grid Initiative and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Open Grid Forum, and of the U.S. President's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, PCAST. Before, Wolfgang was a professor of computer science and mathematics at several universities in the U.S. and Germany, and held leading positions at the North Carolina Grid and Data Center in Durham, Sun Microsystems in California, the DLR German Aerospace Center in Gottingen and the Max-Planck-Institute for Plasmaphysics in Munich. In the 90’s, he founded the HPC software companies Genias and Gridware, the latter developing what is now the Grid Engine distributed resource management system. Gridware was acquired by Sun Microsystems in 2000.

Joaquin Dopazo:  

Dr. Joaquin Dopazo is the Head of the Computational Genomics Department at CIPF (Valencia, Spain), and also heads the Functional Genomics Node (GNV3) of National Institute of Bioinformatics (INB) and the Bioinformatics group of the Center for Biomedical Research on Rare Diseases (CIBERER). He has a BSc in Chemistry (Universitat de Valencia, Spain in 1985) and a Ph.D. in Biology (Universitat de Valencia, 1989) and has worked for different academic institutions (CNB, CNIO) and private companies (GlaxoSmithKline). He has published more than 190 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. His interests revolve around computational biology in the context of functional genomics, genome analysis and systems biology oriented to personalized and precision medicine. He has supervised some of the largest and most cited resources for microarray data analysis over the web (e.g., http://www.babelomics.org). Dr. Dopazo has been one of the promoters of the Medical Genome Project (http://www.medicalgenomeproject.com) and the FutureClinic initiative (http://www.futureclinic.es) for the inclusion of the personal genome in the electronic health record.

Armando Pinho: 

Armando J. Pinho was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in July 1964. He received the electronics and telecommunications engineering degree from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, in 1988, the master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon (IST), Portugal, in 1991 and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Aveiro in 1996. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI), University of Aveiro, and a Researcher at the Signal Processing Laboratory of the Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (IEETA). He is also the current director of IEETA. His main research interests include image and video coding, data compression and computational biology.

Thomas Keane: 

Dr. Thomas Keane leads the Vertebrate Resequencing Informatics group at the Sanger Institute. His group is responsible for data processing and management for several large-scale human sequencing projects such as the UK10K project and the 1000 Genomes Project. They are also primary maintainers for some widely used tools such as Samtools and VCFtools. The group have also developed several software packages for detecting sequence variation from SNPs, RNA-edits and structural variation in the human and mouse genomes.

Tomasz Konopka: 

Tomasz Konopka received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics before turning to bioinformatics methods development and cancer biology. Tomasz is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Molecular Medicine in Vienna, Austria.

Benno Pütz: 

Benno Pütz earned a Ph.D. in theoretical biophysics on simulations of diffusion effects in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), followed by several years working with functional MRI data analysis and diffusion tensor imaging. He is currently working in statistical genetics on, for instance, eQTL and epistasis studies to better understand the genetic underpinnings of (psychiatric) diseases.

Jesper Tegnér:  

Dr. Tegnér chaired as full Strategic Professor in Computational Medicine (compmed.se) at the Center for Molecular Medicine (www.cmm.ki.se) at Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital. He heads a research group of 35 people, one-third working in the molecular biology lab and two-thirds working as computational experts. The group is currently active in six FP7 projects. The team is deeply involved in systems medicine from a methodological point of view (informatics in a broad sense) and systems immunology projects. Dr. Tegnér has authored over 100 papers, including technical computational papers as well as medical publications (Science 2005, Nature Genetics 2009, PNAS 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2009, Cell 2010). He holds three separate undergraduate degrees (MedSchool, MSc, Mathematics, MSc, Philosophy), Ph.D./M.D. 1997 Medicine. He was a Visiting Scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow (USA) on a Wennergren five-year research position, 1998-2001 with an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship for research. He was Assistant Professor of Computer Science 2001-2002 and chaired as full Professor of Computational Biology 2002-2009. Since January 2010, he has been Strategic Professor of Computational Medicine.

 


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