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Board of Directors

The board can be contacted via email at board@open-bio.org (or in case of mailing list problems, try obf-board@googlegroups.com as a fall back), and can be reached via Twitter @OBF_News.


Hilmar Lapp 
Representing BioPerl, Director of Informatics at the Center for Genomic and Computational Biology (GCB) at Duke University.


Peter Cock 
Biopython core developer, bioinformatician at the James Hutton Institute. BOSC 2015 & 2016 co-chair.


Chris Fields 
BioPerl core developer, Associate Director of HPCBio, Carver Biotechnology Center and The Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

At-large members

Nomi Harris 
Project Manager at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. BOSC chair or co-chair since 2011.
Heather Wiencko 
Software engineer at Hosted Graphite. BOSC co-chair since 2017.
Yo Yehudi 
Software engineer and community outreach for Intermine.
Bastian Greshake Tzovaras 
Co-founder of openSNP and Director of Research at Open Humans.

Past Board Members

Ewan Birney 
Former OBF President. BioPerl core developer. Currently Co-Director of the EBI.
Andrew Dalke 
Former Secretary. Represented Biopython & Dalke Scientific.
Steven E. Brenner 
Former At-large member. Professor at University of California, Berkeley.
Karen Cranston
Former At-large member. Computational evolutionary biologist at the Biological Informatics Centre of Excellence at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Co-founder, Open Tree of Life.
Kam Dahlquist 
Former At-large Member. Associate Professor at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
Chris Dagdigian 
Former Treasurer. BioPerl co-founder & OBF sysadmin. Employed by the BioTeam.
Jason Stajich 
Former OBF President. BioPerl core developer. Currently Professor at University of California, Riverside.

Board of Directors Meetings

Upcoming Board Meeting:

Minutes of past Board Meetings:

Joining the Board

According to the bylaws, "Nominations for the Board of Directors may be made by the general membership at any time throughout the year by email to any Board Member." (see Art. IV.1) The Board tries on an ongoing basis to create opportunities for members of the community to serve, while also ensuring stability of the Board. Opportunities for filling a seat, either through expansion of the Board, or by replacing a Board member whose term expires, arise in most years, and the Board is always interested to hear from volunteers from the community interested in serving.

Please see general expectations for Board members.

The Nominating Committee, which used to be described here until recently, no longer exists as a fixed entity. It was removed in the Oct 2016 revisions to the Bylaws.