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).

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
Henry is a PhD candidate at Washington University in St. Louis working with Roman Garnett on the CI Team.
Shali Jiang
Shali Jiang is a Computer Science and Engineering graduate student at Washington University. Shali works with Roman Garnett on the CI Team.
Justin Le Tourneau
Justin Le Tourneau is a research analyst on the CI Team at MU. He performs system administration for the EPSCoR servers, manages researcher data, and develops web sites related to the project. He developed and maintains the Missouri Transect data portal.
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.
Christina Roberts
Christina Roberts works on data integration and curation of the Missouri Transect data sets. She is a Senior Research Assistant on the Cyberinfrastructure Team.
Amy Walsh
Amy Walsh is a database programmer analyst on the CI Team at MU. She maintains the EPSCoR servers, manages researcher data, and has developed and is maintaining the EPSCoR website and reporting platform for all researchers to report their activities and outcomes.