Leadership

Amitabh Varshney, professor of computer science and director of the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), will direct CHIB activities at the College Park campus. Varshney researches the use of graphics and visualization tools in engineering, science and medicine through advances in geometry processing, illumination models, perceptual rendering and high-performance visual computing. His research results are being used in a variety of application domains such as therapeutic drug design, plasma physics, nanomanufacturing, medical imaging and gene sequencing.

Owen White, professor of public health and epidemiology in the University of Maryland School of Medicine and associate director for bioinformatics at the Institute for Genome Sciences, will direct CHIB activities in Baltimore. White researches huge strings of sequencing data from genomic and biomedical researchers, using computer analyses such as pairwise searches, multiple sequence alignments and other methods in combination with systematic manual evaluation. He has participated in the development of numerous tools for genome comparison, including analysis of plant, fungal, malarial, trypanosomid, Archaeal and Prokaryotic species.

Barbara Brawn-Cinani is the associate director of the Center for Health-related Informatics and Bioimaging. Brawn-Cinani focuses on grant development, while overseeing CHIB activities at the College Park campus, working closely with colleagues in Baltimore to expand the center’s research and outreach efforts. She has a research background in biophysics, including laser optical trapping of single biological molecules, and in liquid-metal fluid dynamics, including Lorentz force-driven turbulence, and magnetorotational instability in Taylor-Couette flows.