Phoenix Bioinformatics is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2013. We aim to make scientific data widely available and accessible to the public and scientific community, including scientists, students, and educators, in order to foster and promote scientific knowledge. We will do this by: (1)developing and maintaining scientific databases for storing and organizing such knowledge, (2) developing and maintaining software systems for storing, searching, and accessing such data, and (3) providing assistance and training to users regarding the use of such databases and software systems.

We envision the global community using all relevant knowledge gained from previous research to accelerate scientific discovery.  The body of scientific knowledge is integrated, computable, evolving, sustainable, and available to all researchers.  Scientists use this body of integrated knowledge to find novel connections and to make revolutionary breakthroughs.

  • Develop an economically and technologically sustainable business model and platform that provides the resources to allow scientific databases to persist, grow, and prosper.
  • Integrate and systematically organize trusted data into knowledge bases and develop tools that enable reuse of and create knowledge from data.
  • Build an interactive, computable learning environment where researchers explore relevant knowledge and build testable hypotheses.
  • Foster interaction and collaboration among scientists to accelerate the progress of science.
  • Promote a deeper understanding of scientific aims, methods, and results within the general public.

Eva Huala, Ph.D - Executive Director

Eva is a founding member of TAIR and has served as its Director since 2004.   Earlier work included research in nitrogen fixation, regulation of flowering and phototropism.  Eva has a BA from UC Santa Cruz and a PhD from Harvard.

Trilok Prithvi, M.S. - Chief Technical Officer

Trilok Prithvi is an entrepreneur and a seasoned professional with a proven track record in software engineering and product development. He has 18 years of experience in enterprise software, startup, consulting and product design, delivering solutions for Health Care, IT and Services industries. Trilok earned his M.S from the University Of Utah.

Tanya Berardini, Ph.D - Director of Curation

B.S., University of the Philippines. Ph.D, Boston University. Post-doc, University of Pennsylvania.  Biocurator. Ontology engineer. Journal collaborator. Question answerer.

Karen Melzer, MBA - Chief Financial Officer

Karen provides accounting services to small and early stage businesses through her firm, The Back Room. She is both a strategic business advisor and a “hands on” leader overseeing the financial, budget and related processes.  Karen has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Leonore Reiser, Ph.D - Scientific Curator

Leonore was one of the original TAIR curators and laid the groundwork for TAIR's education and outreach mission.  In recent years, she has been working as a science educator and has developed, managed, and evaluated research and educational grant proposals. Leonore has a PhD from Berkeley.

Emily Strait - Subscriptions Marketing and Sales Manager

Emily’s experience includes molecular biology lab research, communications, and graphic design.  She earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and did graduate work at UC, Santa Cruz.

Qian Li – Junior Software Developer

Qian has one year of experience as a full stack developer in web applications development.  He is passionate about delivering reliable and user-friendly products.  Qian has an MS from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Sabarinath (Shabari) Subramaniam, Ph.D- Bioinformatician

Shabari has over 20 years of laboratory and computational research experience in both industrial and academic settings. He has graduate degrees in Computational Biology (USC) Neuroscience (McGill) and a PhD in Plant Biology from University of California, Berkeley.

Matt Sousae – Account Manager

Matt has a varied background in analytics, business, and digital marketing.  He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from San Francisco State University and has 2+ years of experience in account management and client relations.

Xingguo Chen – Software Engineer

Xingguo has experience in full life cycle of web application development. She enjoys building things from ground up and solving any problem she may encouter during the process. Xingguo earned her MS from Stanford University.

Monica Munoz-Torres, Ph.D – Project Manager for Scientific Software

Moni is a genomics scientist with extensive experience at the computer and at the bench. She thrives in developing & implementing tools for curation of structural and functional genome annotations, and in building communities around collaborative annotation efforts. Moni earned a PhD in Genetics from Clemson University, and was previously a researcher at Georgetown University and the Berkeley Lab.

Eva Huala, Ph.D - Director

Susan Au, CPA, CGMA - Director

Susan Au is the Director of Finance and Accounting with the Public Library of Science (PLOS), a nonprofit open access science and medical research publisher and advocacy organization.  She was the former Director of Finance at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  Before entering the nonprofit sector, Susan worked at various corporate financial roles through Sun Microsystems, Vodafone and Pacific Telesis (AT&T).  She has also worked in public accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant while at Deloitte.  Susan earned her Bachelor in Accounting at San Francisco State University and MBA in Finance at Santa Clara University.

Jonathan Dugan, Ph.D - Chairperson, Director

Jonathan currently serves as a consultant, working with nonprofit organizations promoting science, education and open culture.  Previously he directed PLOS Labs, an internal incubator initiative focusing on future products and services for more effective open access scientific communication.  He's also served in various roles as a founder, mentor, executive and board member for several startup organizations.

Arthur Grossman, Ph.D - Director

Arthur is a Senior Staff Scientist at the Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution. He’s been awarded both the Darbaker prize and the Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal for his research on microalgae. His lab takes a genomic and evolutionary approach to studying how photosynthetic organisms sense and respond to their environment.

Anne Haake, Ph.D - Director

Anne is a professor and Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship at the Rochester Institute of Technology.  Her research has ranged from cell and molecular biology of skin development to bioinformatics and user-centered design of information systems.

She has recently served as a program director at the National Science Foundation.

Eric Lyons, Ph.D - Director

Eric is a professor at the University of Arizona, Co-PI of CyVerse and PI of CoGe.  His research focuses on cyberinfrastructure for the life sciences, specifically in the analysis and management of various --omics technologies.  His work includes over 30 peer reviewed publications.

Mary Margaret Sprinkle, MBA - Director

Mary Margaret manages finances and operations for CyVerse, a national cyberinfrastructure for the life sciences. She has expertise in the management of large federal-funded collaborative projects, both international and domestic, including fiscal management, executive and project support for collaborations, maintaining compliance with federal regulations, and facilitating communication across global and virtual organizations. Her interests lie in extending collaborations beyond the academic sector and identifying sustainable pathways to continued research and discovery.

Todd Vision, Ph.D - Director

Todd is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He has served as Associate Director for Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center since 2006 and is a co-founder of the Dryad Digital Repository. His research ranges from genome evolution to applications of information science to biology.

Phoenix Bioinformatics is funded by subscription support, donations, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


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