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Institute Team
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Dr. Tanya Berger-Wolf
Institute Director
Translational Data Analytics Institute; Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology; The Ohio State University
Charles Stewart
Dr. Charles Stewart
Co-Director of Research Convergence
Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Wasila Dahdul
Dr. Wasila Dahdul
Co-Director of Research Convergence
University of California – Irvine Libraries
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Diane Boghrat
Program Director
The Ohio State University
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Dr. Elizabeth Campolongo
Research Data Manager and Technology Coordinator
The Ohio State University
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Ryan Horns
Communications and Engagement Manager
Ohio State University
Leanna House
Dr. Leanna House
Director of Education and Community
Statistics, Virginia Tech
Hilmar Lapp
Hilmar Lapp
Director of Informatics and Infrastructure
Duke Center for Genomics and Computational Biology, Duke University
Paula Mabee
Dr. Paula Mabee
Director of HDR Ecosystem Coordination
National Ecological Observatory Network – Battelle
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Dr. Matthew Thompson
Research Software Engineer
The Ohio State University
Yasin Bakis
Dr. Yasin Bakiş
Museum of Natural History, Tulane University
Jim Balhoff
Dr. Jim Balhoff
Renaissance Computing Institute, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Hank Bart
Dr. Henry L. Bart Jr.
Investigator, former Co-Director of Research Convergence
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Tulane University
Bryan Carstens
Dr. Bryan Carstens
Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University
Harry Chao
Dr. Wei-Lun Chao
Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University
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Program Coordinator (vacant)

Convergence Workgroup Leads
Anuj Karpatne
Dr. Anuj Karpatne
Knowledge-Guided ML Convergence Working Group Lead
Computer Science, Virginia Tech
A. Murat Maga
Dr. A. Murat Maga
3D Convergence Working Group Lead
University of Washington – Seattle Children’s Research Institute
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Dr. Arnab Nandi
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, The Ohio State University
Daniel Rubenstein
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Education and Participatory Science Convergence Working Group Lead
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University
Yu Su
Dr. Yu Su
ML Foundations Convergence Working Group Lead
Computer Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University
Josef Uyeda
Dr. Josef Uyeda
Trait-Based Biology Convergence Working Group Lead
Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech


Our NextGen community consists of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers who lead our research endeavors in the emerging interdisciplinary field of imageomics. Coming from leading universities nationwide, this next generation of imageomics researchers represent diverse disciplines within the fields of Biological Sciences and Computer Science.

Muhammad Averly*, Ohio State (former)

Harish Babu Manogaran, Virginia Tech

Sowbaranika Balasubramanimam, Ohio State

Namrata Banerji, Ohio State

Nicholas Bone, Virginia Tech (former)

Otto Brookes, Bristol University

David Carlyn, Ohio State

Caleb Charpentier, Virginia Tech

Arpita Chowdhury, Ohio State

Tessa Cotron, Ohio State (former)

Elizabeth Daniel, Virginia Tech (former)

*NextGen has graduated or transitioned to faculty appointment

Sydney Decker, Ohio State

Amartya Dutta, Virginia Tech

Mohannad Elhamod*, Virginia Tech (former)

Jaimi Gray, Florida Museum of Natural History

Bailey Howell, Virginia Tech

Qwahn Kent, Princeton (former)

Maksim Kholiavchenko, Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute

Mridul Khurana, Virginia Tech

Jihyung Kil, Ohio State

Jenna Kline, Ohio State

Krzysztof Kozak, Sanger Institute (former)

Rachael Laidlow, Bristol University

Christopher Lawrence, Princeton

M. Maruf, Virginia Tech

Dipanjyoti Paul*, Ohio State (former)

Rumali Perera, Ohio State

Jose Luis Poveda Cuellar, Industrial University of Santander

Kaiya Provost*, Ohio State (former)

Reshma Ramesh Babu*, Ohio State (former)

Michelle Ramirez, Ohio State

Kazi Sajeed Mehrab, Virginia Tech

Andrew Senin, Drexel University

Asheesh Sharma, Bristol University

Alec Sheets, Ohio State (former)

Luke Song, Ohio State

Sam Stevens, Ohio State

Oshane Thomas, Seattle Children's Hospital

Nina can Tiel, EPFL (former)

Princeton Vaughn, Princeton (former)

Jessica Wallace, Ohio State

Michelle White, Ohio State (former)

Scott Wolf, Princeton

Lisa Wu, Ohio State

Chi Zhang*, Seattle Children's Research Institute (former)


Conservation International

Cornell University

Drexel Metadata Research Center

Ecole Polytechnic Institute and State University

Florida State University

Grevy’s Zebra Trust


Indiana University

Lincoln Park Zoo

Max Planck Institute

Microsoft AI for Earth

Microsoft Research

Midwest Big Data Hub

Natural History Museum, London


Ohio Supercomputer Center

Open Traits Network

Open Tree of Life

Oregon Health and Science University

Smithsonian Institution

South Big Data Hub

University of Florida

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign

University of Minnesota

University of Pennsylvania

University of Washington

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