BOSC 2022 Keynotes

Dr. Melissa Haendel

Melissa Haendel (University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus)

Joint keynote, BOSC and Bio-Ontologies
The open data highway: turbo-boosting translational traffic with ontologies

Melissa Haendel is the Chief Research Informatics Officer and Marsico Chair in Data Science at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and the Director of the Center for Data to Health (CD2H). Her background is molecular genetics and developmental biology as well as translational informatics, with a focus over the past decade on open science and semantic engineering. Dr. Haendel’s vision is to weave together healthcare systems, basic science research, and patient-generated data through development of data-integration technologies and innovative data capture strategies. Dr. Haendel’s research has focused on integration of genotype-phenotype data to improve rare-disease diagnosis and mechanism discovery. She also leads and participates in international standards organizations to support improved data sharing and utility worldwide.

Jason Williams

Jason Williams (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)

Principles for improving training and career-spanning learning in bioinformatics

Jason Williams has worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory since 2004, first at the bench in the Plant Science group and currently as an Assistant Director at the lab’s DNA Learning Center. Jason is on numerous Advisory Boards and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion committees for organizations including the Earth BioGenome Project, Data Dryad, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, BioData Catalyst, and ELIXIR UK. In 2020, he was chosen as a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences, and won the NSF 2026 Idea Machine Competition.

Jason feels that helping scientists keep up with changing technology is one of the most important things we can do to accelerate research. He believes this can be sustainably achieved by building, supporting, and promoting the people who do this training – hence his founding of the group Life Science Trainers, a global community of practice for short-format training in the life sciences.


Update: Lior Pachter will not be speaking at BOSC 2022.