Scientific & Technology Advisory Board
Brian Athey, Ph.D. - Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board
Brian Athey, Ph.D. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Athey also serves as Biomedical Informatics Director of Michigan's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), Associate Director of the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), and is the founding Principal Investigator of the NIH National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics (NCIBI). In addition to his groundbreaking work in Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Dr. Athey led the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Next-Generation Internet (NGI) Visible Human Project and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Virtual Soldier Project. Dr. Athey has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications and proceedings, ranging from computational biology to optical imaging and grid computing. He received his Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.
Ralph S. Quatrano, Ph.D.
Ralph Quatrano, Ph.D., Dean of Engineering & Applied Science, is the Spencer T. Olin Professor and immediate past dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences. Internationally known for his plant science work, Dr. Quatrano was one of the earliest investigators to apply the tools of molecular biology to the study of plant gene expression. He is widely recognized for his significant contributions in the field of plant science. Dr. Quatrano has had over 160 research papers published and has given invited seminars at institutions worldwide. He was editor-in-chief of The Plant Cell, the premier journal of plant biology; president of the American Society of Plant Biologists; a member of the Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences; Directorate for the National Science Foundation; on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Rockefeller Foundation International Program on Rice Biotechnology; and on the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. He is a fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), a fellow and board member of the Academy of Science of St. Louis, and an inaugural fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists. Dr. Quatrano received his B.A. in plant biology with honors from Colgate University; a M.A. in plant biology from Ohio University; and his Ph.D. in biology from Yale University.
Joel H. Saltz, MD, Ph.D.
Joel Saltz, MD, Ph.D. is a computer and medical scientist with extensive experience in academia and research. Currently, Joel serves as the Director of the Center for Comprehensive Informatics and Professor and Chair of Biomedical Informatics at Emory University. In addition, he holds appointments as Professor in the Departments of Pathology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Mathematics and Computer Science at Emory, as well as the position of Adjunct Professor of Computational Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His expertise and devotion to bioinformatics research is also expressed through his responsibilites as an endowed Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in biomedical informatics and a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar.
Dr. Saltz has also held numerous faculty positions at such prestigious institutions as Yale University, the University of Maryland College Park, Johns Hopkins University and The Ohio State University. At Ohio State, he served as the founding Department Chair of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Saltz received BS and MS degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Michigan and his MD/PhD in Computer Science from Duke University. He completed his residency in Clinical Pathology at Johns Hopkins and is a board certified Clinical Pathologist.
Bob Flores is the Founder, President, and CEO of Applicology Incorporated, an independent consulting firm specializing in information technology and cyber security issues. Prior to starting Applicology, Mr. Flores spent 31 years at the CIA and held various positions in the Directorate of Intelligence, Directorate of Support, and the National Clandestine Service. Toward the end of his career at the CIA, he spent three years as the CIA's Chief Technology Officer where he was responsible for ensuring that the Agency's technology investments matched the needs of its mission. During this time, Mr. Flores was also the Agency's representative on several government-wide information sharing committees and councils.