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About our Team

A little bit of background about our group....

Patricia Kovatch, Associate Dean for Scientific Computing. Ms. Kovatch is the founding Associate Dean for Scientific Computing at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, joining in October 2011. She established a scalable and sustainable high-performance computing infrastructure, emphasizing a collaborative approach partnering computational experts with Sinai's scientists to tackle complex scientific questions to better diagnose and treat disease. In 2014 she was awarded a $2M NIH grant to build a 5 Petabyte Omics Data Engine.

She initiated a graduate curriculum in Scientific Computing and Biomedical Informatics. Research and development activities include improving neurosurgical virtual reality simulation environments, cloud computing and markets, and a statewide consortium to accelerate data-intensive science. She also manages teams with significant data-rich research and clinical resources: the Mount Sinai Data Warehouse, Research Data Services and WTC Data Center groups. She serves on the Board of Directors for NYSERNet and the Board of Advisors for the M.S. program in Business Analytics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Kovatch built and led the $75M National Institute for Computational Sciences of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, located at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She deployed the world's third fastest machine in November 2009, a 1.17 petaflop Cray XT5 for the National Science Foundation and published research on wide area parallel file systems and scheduling.

Hyung Min Cho, Ph.D., Computational Scientist. Prior to joining the team, Hyung Min was a research scientist at Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), Berkeley, California. He earned a Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from the Ohio State University and worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as a postdoctoral researcher developing high-performance parallel applications.

Eugene M. Fluder, Jr., Ph.D., Computational Scientist. Gene received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemistry from Villanova University. He immediately went to work in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co., Inc., where he joined one of the first molecular modeling groups in the industry. As a member of this group, he designed and led the development of 3 molecular and macromolecular modeling systems that were the mainstay of Merck’s molecular modeling effort. He led the effort to introduce High Performance Computing as an integral aspect of the drug design workflow starting with IBM mainframes and progressing through a Cray YMP and ultimately establishing a world-wide, multi-cluster environment to support both computational chemistry and computational biology. After 33 years at Merck, he retired from his position as Director/Head of Scientific Computing.

Lili Gai, Ph.D., Associate Computational Scientist. Lili received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and then worked at Penn State University as a postdoctoral scholar for 2 years. Her research work is mainly on computational chemistry/biology.

Bhupender Thakur, Ph.D., HPC Technical Specialist. Bhupender is working primarily as an HPC Technical Specialist and a Senior System Administrator on the Minerva Supercomputer. He obtained his Ph.D in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, and has been working on HPC systems since. In the past he has worked at LSU as a Computational Scientist and an HPC Consultant and at NERSC(Berkeley Lab) as Computer Systems Engineer in the Comp. Systems group where he was the team lead for Genepool compute cluster for the Joint Genome Institute.

Francesca Tartaglione, MS, HPC Administrator. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Francesca worked as HPC research and computing engineer for the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), based in Okinawa, Japan, where she was responsible for OIST's Supercomputers and storage implementation, installation, configuration and maintenance.

Francesca earned her Master's Degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and right after started working for E4 Computer Engineering, systems integrator company based in Italy, as HPC system engineer where she was in charge of HPC installations on-center and on-site including the development of new solutions for high performance computing, parallel storage and high-speed networks.

Dansha Jiang, Ph.D., HPC Administrator. Dansha Jiang obtained her Ph.D in therotical atomic physics from University of Delaware. Before join this position, she worked as research fellow in University of Melbourne and then as system administrator in Louisiana State University.

Ranjini Kottaiyan, OD, MBA., Administrative Director. Ranjini received her Optometry degree in India and Masters of Business Administration in Health Care Management and Finance from University of Rochester. She was a research faculty at the University of Rochester Eye Institute working on cornea and ocular surface imaging and worked as a Program Manager at the NYU Langone Medical Center before joining the department of Scientific Computing at Mount Sinai. She has extensive experience in grants administration and healthcare operations.

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