DELSA Governance and Leadership

DELSA has established a Board of Directors to oversee its operations, provide good governance, and monitor operational and strategic progress. 


Peter Arzberger, PhD

(Biological sciences, Cyberinfrastructure)

Dr. Arzberger is the founding Chair of the Pacific Rim Application and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA), an NSF-funded activity advancing the use of grid technologies throughout Pacific Rim institutions.  In addition, he is the Director of the National Biomedical Computation Resource (NBCR), focusing on advanced computational technology to better enable biomedical research. 

Jack Faris, PhD

(Communication, Management, Science policies)

Jack is currently CEO of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute and is the immediate past president of the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association, where he developed and led a comprehensive strategy to grow the life-sciences sector statewide. Most recently, he’s been involved with organizations such as the Washington Global Health Alliance, the Initiative for Global Development’s National Summit on global poverty, and the Rural Development Institute.

Vural Özdemir, PhD, MD, DABCP

(Global public health, Policies)

Vural is Senior Scholar in the Research Group on Complex Collaboration at Faculty of Management, and Associate Professor at the Centre of Genomics and Policy, Dept. of Human Genetics at Faculty of Medicine, McGill University.  Vural is interested in translation science that links 'research-to-action' in (1) clinical pharmacology/genomics medicine and (2) global health. He has published over 110 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, from basic science to public health action, ethics and policy translation continuum, in these two knowledge domains. In 2012, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Foundation for Genomics and Population Health, Cambridge, UK. He is Senior Editor for OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology.

Corinna Gries, PhD

(Environmental sciences, Eco-informatics)

For the last 15 years Corinna has worked at the interface of environmental sciences, ecology, biodiversity, and eco-informatics as information manager within the NSF funded Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network; originally at the Global Institute of Sustainability for the Central Arizona-Phoenix LTER site and now for the North Temperate Lakes LTER site at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She currently leads the NSF funded SYMBIOTA project with its various biodiversity and informatics portals.

Eugene Kolker, PhD

(Biological  and data sciences, Informatics)

Eugene is Chief Data Officer at the Seattle Children’s Hospital and Head of the Bioinformatics & High-throughput Analysis Laboratory at Seattle Children’s Research Institute and is the co-founder of OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology and serves as its Editor-in-Chief. Dr. Kolker has more than 25 years of interdisciplinary experience in highly integrated tools development, data analysis, integration and dissemination, biomedical and operational analytics, molecular cellular biology, statistics, and informatics.

Geoffrey Fox, PhD

(Computer sciences, Cyberinfrastructure)

Geoffrey is now a distinguished Professor of Informatics and Computing, and Physics at Indiana University where he is Director of the Digital Science Center and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at the School of Informatics and Computing.  He currently works in applying computer science to Bioinformatics, Defense, Earthquake and Ice-sheet Science, Particle Physics and Chemical Informatics.