Cyberinfrastructure Team

The Cyberinfrastructure Team collaborates with the research and education teams and leverage existing resources to increase high performance computing, storage, and visualization capabilities through EPSCoR dedicated servers.

The Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Team will support all program elements of the Missouri Transect.  A strong CI infrastructure is required to support the diverse project elements and to integrate computational resources across the project.  The challenges of dealing with large, diverse data sets will be addressed by the CI Team in collaboration with the other team leads and investigators.  The team lead will work closely with the Project Director to assure that CI needs are identified and addressed as the project develops.

Research Aims

  1. Ensure that computational resources meet the needs of participants across all campuses.
  2. Support research platforms by facilitating data transfer, access, analysis, interoperability and preservation.
  3. Serve as a platform to train a workforce in the use of Cyberinfrastructure.
  4. Provide publically accessible portals to datasets, analytical tools, and educational resources.

Cyberinfrastructure Team Lead

Dr. Christine Elsik
Dr. Christine Elsik is an Associate Professor of Animal Science at the University of Missouri. She is an expert in computational biology and bioinformatics. Dr. Elsik will oversee all cyberinfrastructure activities.

Cyberinfrastructure Team Members

Noah Fahlgren
Noah Fahlgren is Director of the Bioinformatics Core at the Danforth Plant Science Center. He has expertise in plant phenotype data and is developing tools to support bioinformatics and plant phenotype analysis.
Roman Garnett
Roman Garnett is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. He has expertise in machine learning and is developing machine learning algorithms and applications to identify patterns and make predictions using Missouri Transect datasets (plant imaging and sensing, genomics, and climate).
Simone Silvestri
Simone Silvestri is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at MST. He received a Missouri Transect Seed Grant in August 2015. He will create a framework for UAV to increase accuracy while reducing operational costs.

Staff, Postdocs, and Students

Arash Abbasi
Arash is a postdoctoral fellow at the Danforth Center working with Noah Fahlgren on the Cyberinfrastructure Team.
Henry Chai
Works with Roman Garnett
Shali Jiang
Computer Science and Engineering graduate student at Washington University. Shali works with Roman Garnett on the CI Team.
Gustavo Malkomes
Gustavo Malkomes is a PhD candidate in Computer Science at Washington University in St. Louis. He studies machine learning in the Garnett lab.
Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen is a PhD candidate in Informatics at MU. He is working with Chris Elsik on bioinformatics research.
Amy Walsh
Amy Walsh is the database programmer analyst on the CI Team at MU. She maintains the EPSCoR server, manages researcher data, and has developed and is maintaining the Drupal based EPSCoR website and reporting platform for all researchers to report their activities and outcomes.