Welcome to the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division
Our division focuses on enabling quantification and predictive understanding of complex biological outcomes through infrastructure for measurements, data organization, and models.
We conduct research in measurements and models that support the understanding of complex biological phenomena at the cellular and subcellular level through bioimaging, proteomics, microfluidics, and informatics by improving and developing methods for measurements, data analysis, and data handling. Activities include the development and use of physical artifacts and protocols for inter-laboratory normalization of data; the development of models and software that improve the robustness of data analysis and the extraction of knowledge from complex data; enhancing the use of data between laboratories by the development of semantic web based search tools, ontologies, and metadata; and the development and use of new imaging methods and robust image analyses. These efforts are carried out through collaborations within NIST and other federal agencies as well as with the academic and standards communities.
Assist the evolution of biology into a quantitative and information science.
Provide tools to facilitate molecular level understanding and prediction of complex biological systems through
Directions for focus:
Data and informatics
Biosystems and Biomaterials Division
2012 - present: Division Chief, Biosystems and Biomaterials Division
2006 - 2012: Group Leader, Cell Systems Science Group at NIST
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX