A photograph of Dan Crichton holding a notebook computer.Dan Crichton

Role: Principal Investigator

Email: dan.crichton@jpl.nasa.gov

Location: JPL, Pasadena, California

Dan Crichton is a principal computer scientist, program manager and principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory which he joined in 1995. He leads data system efforts in solar system exploration, earth science and technology. He has served as principal investigator of several distributed data system projects for NASA and the NIH. He also architected a software framework for sharing data that won runner-up for NASA Software of the Year and is now hosted by the Apache Software Foundation as a top-level project. He has published over 100 papers on data intensive systems including five book chapters. He holds an M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and a B.S. degree in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine.

A photograph of Heather Kincaid taken during winter holiday festivities.Heather Kincaid

Role: Operations Lead

Email: heather.kincaid@jpl.nasa.gov

Location: JPL, Pasadena, California

Heather Kincaid leads the Operational components of the Informatics Center. She has worked with the EDRN Research Network since it’s inception for the past 12 years, first at the Data Management and Coordinating Center at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center from 2000 – 2005 as the IT Manager for several large Public Health studies, then transitioning as a consultant to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory EDRN Informatics Center for the last 5 years as the Integration and Operations Lead. She has extensive experience in managing and deploying software to support biomedical research. She has extensive experience working with cancer centers, research institutions, and the National Cancer Institute to coordinate the deployment of software, the integration of the data, and development of the common data elements.

A photograph of Kristen Anton grinning beatifically.Kristen Anton

Role: Biocurator

Email: kristen.anton@dartmouth.edu

Location: Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Kristen is involved with many efforts—local, national and international—concerning data standards, data sharing and data management for biomedical research studies. Most recently, Kristen has been funded to participate in the National Cancer Institute (NCI) caBIG (Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid) Population Sciences Special Interest Group; her focus on this NCI committee will be to craft informatics policies regarding scientific data issues (standards, sharing, modeling, systems & tools) for NCI-funded Population Sciences research. Kristen and her group collaborate on more than twenty clinical trials, prevention studies and research registries in collaboration with investigators at Dartmouth and at other academic institutions. These studies include the Early Detection Research Network (EDRN), an initiative of the National Cancer Institute designed to bring together dozens of institutions to help accelerate the translation of biomarker information into clinical applications, and the Cancer Family Registries (CFR), an NCI network developed to facilitate interdisciplinary studies in the genetic epidemiology of cancer. As part of the EDRN, Kristen’s group has collaborated with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory scientists to implement their novel planetary data sharing technology for the biomarker research network.

A photograph of Maureen Colbert sporting a warm smile.Maureen Colbert

Role: Biocurator

Email: Maureen.Colbert@dartmouth.edu

Location: Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Bioinformatics professional with extensive experience in data curation of biological databases including cancer biomarker databases, protein and DNA sequence databases, and clinical trials databases. Also experienced in bioinformatics analysis pipeline engineering, data curation principles and procedures, database design, and biological ontologies. Database design experience with both new projects/datasets and migration of existing datasets from Excel, Access, and other flatfile and relational formats.

Photograph of Luca Cinquini.Luca Cinquini

Role: Data Scientist

Email: Luca.Cinquini@jpl.nasa.gov

Location: JPL, Pasadena, California

Luca Cinquini is a Data Scientist and Software Architect at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he is engaged in several projects spanning Earth, Medical and Space Sciences. His passion is developing reusable software infrastructures for data management, access and analysis, across multiple scientific fields. His premier activity is working at the Earth System Grid Federation, the global infrastructure used to distribute model and observational data for research on climate change, which he co-funded more than a decade ago. Before being involved in the Earth Sciences, Luca used to work in High Energy Physics, where he got his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

A photograph of Ashish Mahabal.Ashish Mahabal

Role: Data Scientist

Email: aam@astro.caltech.edu

Location: Caltech, Pasadena, California

Ashish Mahabal is a Computational Data Scientist with the Center for Data Driven Discovery, Caltech. He holds a PhD in Astronomy. He works on Big Data projects in BioSciences (EDRN, MCL), Astronomy (CRTS, LSST), EarthScience (EarthCube). He has been involved in all aspects related to data: procurement, processing, databases, visualization, scientific analysis, distribution, and archives. His interest lies in combining diverse datasets and presenting them to maximize scientific output using workflows that employ Statistical and Mathematical techniques and Machine Learning, and where possible, Citizen Science. Ongoing work includes methodology transfer from Astronomy and Space Science to Health Care and Earth Science.

A photograph of David Liu.David Liu

Role: Data Scientist

Email: david.liu@jpl.nasa.gov

Location: JPL, Pasadena, California

David is a Data Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His projects involved providing informatics solutions for naval defense command systems, big data analysis, and management for genomics, proteomics, and radiomics based platforms. He enjoys learning and applying data science capabilities to aid in patient stratifications, building statistical and machine learning predictive models, managing large repositories, building bioinformatics tools, and assisting in molecular pathway and biomarker discovery. David is especially interested in Data Science, Machine Learning, Big Data Analytics, and Bioinformatics.

Sean Kelly

Role: Technologist

Email: sean.kelly@jpl.nasa.gov

Location: JPL, Pasadena, California

Sean Kelly plays the role of technologist for the Informatics Center, testing, evaluation, adopting, modifying, transmogrifying, installing, uninstalling, and extending various software technologies to further the mission of the Early Detection Research Network. He's developed the software that runs the NASA Planetary Data System, the Virtual Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and other vital efforts as well as EDRN's systems. He was one of the original developers of "OODT", the first NASA software to become an Apache open source project as well as winner of NASA's runner-up Software of the Year award. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science as well as a B.S. in Technical Communication.