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Dr. John J. McGowanJohn J. McGowan, Ph.D.
Deputy Director for Science Management
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

John J. McGowan, Ph.D., serves as the NIAID Deputy Director for Science Management. In this position, Dr. McGowan provides leadership for scientific, policy, business, and administrative management of the Institute and conducts senior-level interactions with the extramural community, other NIH components, and the NIH Office of the Director.

A virologist, Dr. McGowan started his NIH career in 1986 as one of the first staff members in what is now NIAID’s Division of AIDS (DAIDS). He established the Developmental Therapeutics Branch and served as its first chief. Dr. McGowan and his staff worked on the development of therapies to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and associated opportunistic infections. He later became director of the DAIDS Basic Research and Development Program.

In 1991, Dr. McGowan was appointed director of the NIAID Division of Extramural Activities. In that role, he was widely recognized for moving NIH into the digital age and improving the grants process at both the Institute and NIH levels.

With research interests in microbiology, virology, and molecular biology, Dr. McGowan was an assistant professor in the department of microbiology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, from 1982 to 1986. During this time, he developed a research program on the molecular biology of rhabdo, corona, and bunya viruses. He received NIH grants and other funding to study vesicular stomatitis virus, mouse hepatitis virus, and Korean hemorrhagic fever virus. A native of Mobile, AL, Dr. McGowan received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Southern Alabama in 1973 and earned his doctoral degree in microbiology from the University of Mississippi in 1980. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia in 1982.

Dr. McGowan received the U.S. Public Health Service Superior Service Award in 2004 for developing the electronic Research Administration system for NIH, the U.S. Public Health Service Superior Service Award in 2003 for assisting in the development of NIAID biodefense programs, the Presidential Rank Award in 1999 for assisting in AIDS research efforts, the NIH Director’s Award in 1991 for "superb leadership, resourcefulness, and innovation," and the U.S. Public Health Service Superior Service Award in 1994 for "extraordinary contributions to AIDS research, building collaborative research programs, and management of NIAID scientific programs." Dr. McGowan has published numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Michael TartakovskyMichael Tartakovsky
CIO & OCICB Director
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Mr. Michael Tartakovsky is the Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology (OCICB) for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH). He provides strategic leadership and technical direction for the modern, secure, high-performance infrastructure that supports the NIAID biomedical research mission.

During the last 15 years, Mr. Tartakovsky has held progressively more responsible positions at the NIH. In addition to implementing new and expanding technologies at NIAID, Mr. Tartakovsky undertook the reorganization of the Office of Technology Information Systems that led to the formation of the OCICB. He also established the NIAID OCICB Bioinformatics and Computational Bioscience Branch, articulating strategic collaborative goals and communications initiatives that emphasized the cutting-edge role of bioinformatics and computational sciences and technologies such as the NIAID high performance computing (HPC) cluster. The HPC is a robust, reliable, cost-effective and scalable infrastructure for next generation sequencing and provides scientists with additional computational capacity to conduct high throughput data analysis. The HPC serves as the foundation for sophisticated computation and analysis that facilitates scientific discovery at NIAID.

Dr. Philip E. BournePhilip E. Bourne, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Data Science
Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Philip E. Bourne is the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) at the National Institutes of Health. Previously he was Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Industry Alliances, a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California San Diego, Associate Director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank, and an Adjunct Professor at the Sanford Burnham Institute.

Dr. Bourne's professional interests focus on service and research. He serves the national biomedical community through contributing ways to maximize the value (and hence accessibility) of scientific data. His research focuses on relevant biological and educational outcomes derived from computation and scholarly communication. This implies algorithms, text mining, machine learning, metalanguages, biological databases, and visualization applied to problems in systems pharmacology, evolution, cell signaling, apoptosis, immunology and scientific dissemination. He has published over 300 papers and 5 books, one of which sold over 150,000 copies.

Dr. Bourne is committed to maximizing the societal benefit derived from university research. Previosuly he co-founded 4 companies: ViSoft Inc., Protein Vision Inc., a company distributing independent films for free and most recently SciVee. He is also committed to furthering the free dissemination of science through new models of publishing and better integration and subsequent dissemination of data and results which as far as possible should be freely available to all. He is the co-founder and founding Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal PLOS Computational Biology.

Dr. Bourne is a Past President of the International Society for Computational Biology, an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Awards include: the Jim Gray eScience Award (2010), the Benjamin Franklin Award (2009), the Flinders University Convocation Medal for Outstanding Achievement (2004), the Sun Microsystems Convergence Award (2002) and the CONNECT Award for new inventions (1996 and 97).

John Wilbanks ​John Wilbanks
Chief Commons Officer
Sage Bionetworks

John Wilbanks is the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Faster Cures. He has worked at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the World Wide Web Consortium, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Creative Commons. Mr. Wilbanks is a past affiliate of MIT’s Project on Mathematics and Computation and also started a bioinformatics company called Incellico, which is now part of Selventa. He sits on the Advisory Boards for Boundless Learning, Genomic Arts, Curious, GenoSpace, Patients Like Me, and Genomera, and is Special Advisor on the Research Commons to the University of California San Francisco’s Clinical Translational Science Institute. Mr. Wilbanks holds a degree in Philosophy from Tulane and studied modern letters at the Sorbonne.

Dr. Lianna SwansonLianna Swanson, Ph.D.
Director of Biology

Lianna Swanson graduated from Technion Israel Institute of Technology in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and went on to pursue her Ph.D. at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Dr. Swanson has extensive molecular biology knowledge (PCR, cloning, sequencing, etc.) and a fair amount of biochemistry experience (bacterial expression, protein purification and western blotting). She has also performed quite a bit of immunohistochemistry and fluorescent imaging. Dr. Swanson joined Addgene in 2008 as a Senior Scientist and became Director of Biology in January of 2011.

Michael CarrollMichael Carroll, J.D.
Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property
American University, Washington College of Law

Michael W. Carroll is Professor of Law and the Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (2009- present). He teaches and writes about intellectual property law and cyberlaw. Professor Carroll's research focuses on the search for balance in intellectual property law over time in the face of challenges posed by new technologies. His research includes projects about the social costs imposed by one-size-fits-all intellectual property rights and about the history of copyright in music.

Professor Carroll also is recognized as a leading advocate for open access over the Internet to the research that appears in scholarly and scientific journals. He has written white papers and has given numerous presentations to university faculty, administrators, and staff around the country on this issue. In addition, he speaks about and promotes publication of open educational resources and open scientific data.

Professor Carroll is a founding member of Creative Commons, Inc. (2001 – present), a global organization that provides free, standardized copyright licenses to enable and to encourage legal sharing of creative and other copyrighted works. He also serves on the Board of the Public Library of Science (2012- present) and recently completed service on the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information (2008-2013). He is a member of the Editorial Board of I/S Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society (2006 – Present). In addition, he is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology (2009- Present) and a member of the Advisory Board of Public Knowledge (2009-Present).

Prior to joining the WCL faculty, Professor Carroll taught at the Villanova University School of Law (2001-09), and he served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (1996-97; 2000-01) (now WilmerHale) in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering law school, Professor Carroll was a journalist in Chicago, a high school teacher in Zimbabwe, and a project assistant at the Africa-America Institute, where he worked on providing election monitoring and election assistance in Africa. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Chicago.

Dr. Arfon SmithArfon Smith, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist
GitHub, Inc.

Arfon Smith is a lapse academic with a passion for new models of open scientific collaboration. He gained his Ph.D. in astrochemistry from the University of Nottingham in 2006 and then went on to work as a senior software developer at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute - the site responsible for sequencing more than a third of the original human genome. In 2008, he moved to the University of Oxford and co-founded the Zooniverse - a web based collaboration that has engaged millions of people in online citizen science. In October of this year, Dr. Smith joined GitHub, Inc. to work on supporting researchers who are using the GitHub platform for capturing the process of scientific discovery.​​

Dr. Dan GezelterDan Gezelter, Ph.D.
The Open Science Project

Dan Gezelter is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. His specialties are theoretical and computational chemistry and the molecular dynamics of complex interfaces. Dr. Gezelter is the original author of the Jmol visualization tool. His research group developed the OpenMD molecular simulation engine. In his spare time, he directs the OpenScience Project, which maintains information about open source scientific software.

Damon DaviesDamon Davis
Director for the Health Data Initiative
Office of the Chief Technology Office, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

Damon Davis serves as Director for the Health Data Initiative in the office of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). He is responsible for leading the Department's efforts to promote the Health Data Initiative, a movement devoted to implementing policies directed at improving access to federal data resources, and promoting the expanded use of the data for applications and services to promote innovative solutions to problems in health, health care, and the delivery of human services.

Prior to his post in the CTO's office, Mr. Davis worked in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) in the Office of Consumer eHealth (OCeH). As Special Assistant in ONC, his focus was on increasing consumer access to secure electronic personal health information. He joined the department in 2009.

Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University and a Masters of Business Administration from Loyola College of Maryland.

Last Updated April 03, 2014

Last Reviewed April 03, 2014