Meet the Team
Meet the people responsible for supporting and partnering with researchers to advance scientific discovery
Scientific Computing and Data / Meet the Team
Scientific Computing and Data was established at the Icahn School of Medicine in 2011. We partner with researchers across institutions around the globe to advance scientific discovery.
Scientific Computing and Data
Patricia Kovatch | Dean
Patricia Kovatch is the Dean for Scientific Computing and Data at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), founding the division in October 2011. In her work at ISMMS and in her national and international collaborations, she emphasizes a collaborative approach, partnering computational and data experts with basic and translational scientists to tackle complex scientific questions to better diagnose and treat disease.
Computational and Data Ecosystem
Lili Gai, PhD | High Performance Computing Director
Lili Gai is the Director of High Performance Computing, overseeing Minerva Supercomputer processes and operations. Lili earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Jielin Yu, PhD | Computational Scientist
Jielin Yu is a Computational Scientist supporting Minerva Supercomputer processes and operations. He earned a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Kali Mclennan | Senior HPC Administrator
Kali Mclennan is a Senior HPC Administrator supporting Minerva Supercomputer processes and operations.
Hyung Min Cho, PhD | Computational Scientist
Hyung Min Cho is a Computational Scientist supporting Minerva Supercomputer processes and operations. He earned a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry from Ohio State University and worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) as a postdoctoral researcher developing high-performance parallel applications.
Wei Guo, PhD | HPC Architect
Wei Guo is an HPC Architect supporting Minerva Supercomputer processes and operations. Wei has a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering.
Yiyuan Liu, PhD | Data Ark Bioinformatician
Yiyuan Liu is Bioinformatician leading and supporting Data Ark (Mount Sinai Data Commons on Minerva) processes and operations.
Informatics and Data Architecture
Sharon Nirenberg, MD | Lead Physician Informaticist
Sharon Nirenberg is the lead physician informaticst coordinating the optimization and translation of data elements in the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Common Data Model (CDM). Sharon holds an MD and MS.
Naomi So, MD | Physician Informaticist
Naomi So is a physician informaticist supporting the Mount Sinai Data Warehouse data request needs for clinicians and researchers. This also includes use of its resources, including the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Common Data Model (CDM) and its respective cohort query tools and interfaces.
Jiani Xiang | Clinical Data Specialist
Jiani Xiang received an MS in biostatistics from the School of Public Health at the University at Albany SUNY, and has worked in the health industry for over 9 years. Before joining Mount Sinai, Jiani was a research scientist at New York State Office of Mental Health.
Timothy Quinn, PhD | Principal Data Architect
Tim Quinn is a principal data architect responsible for the strategy, design, and engineering of the infrastructure for delivering data to ISMMS researchers. He has over 12 years of experience in data warehousing, data architecture, and analytics in the healthcare industry. Tim is a graduate of Stanford University and earned his PhD from MIT.
Farhan Mahmood | IT Director
Farhan Mahmood is the team’s IT Director responsible for coordinating MSDW and support teams. Farhan has over 25 years of experience in Business Intelligence and the Data Warehousing domain and has a degree in Computer Science. He currently oversees the operations for MSDW Data Warehouse, which includes the loading of data, assisting in new MSDW enhancements and improvements, and handling data requests from Physicians and Researchers. Farhan is also responsible for maintaining the hardware of both physical and virtual servers and upgrading current software that the team uses.
Jacob Weiser | Data Warehouse ETL Developer
Jacob Weiser is the data warehouse Extract, Transform, and Load developer for the IT team.
Rupan Hossain | Database Administrator
Rupan Hossain is a database administrator for the IT team.
Eric Rosenberg | Sr. System Administrator
Eric Rosenberg is a Senior System administrator.
Darius Vinci Boopal | Data Warehouse Data Engineer
Darius Vinci Boopal is a Data Engineer with extensive experience in full life cycle of Software development and Database programming.
Manoj Chekuri | ETL Developer
Suryamanoj Chekuri is a Data Engineer with expertise in ETL and data warehousing concepts, and involvement in Python coding. Previously, he worked with ETL tools Informatica, Ablnitio and Datastage with experience in shell scripting and C coding languages. Manoj’s interests include coding, photography, and traveling.
Priyal Mehta | Data Analyst
Priyal Mehta is an IT Data Analyst and is responsible for clinical data extraction from Epic Caboodle, Epic Clarity databases, and OMOP Common Data Model.
Shivaji Punukollu | Technology Specialist
Shivaji Punukollu is a Technology Specialist III with expertise in ETL and data warehouse design.
Programming and Semantic Technology
James Masters, PhD | Director HHEAR and Semantic Technology
James “Chip” Masters is a computer scientist with over 20 years of experience in building ontologies and applying them in data management applications utilizing semantic technologies. His expertise is in data integration, knowledge representation and reasoning, and building and using semantic knowledge graphs. He is responsible for the development and application of the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) ontology, knowledge graph, and data repository. He also manages a team of computer scientists that are responsible for delivering cohort query tools, electronic data capture systems, and other research data services supporting clinicians and medical scientists within the School and hospital system. Dr. Masters has a PhD in Applied Mathematics.
Alona Rabin | .NET Lead Developer
Alona Rabin is the .NET lead developer responsible for implementing scalable applications and latest technologies in research database design.
Donald Louie | Programmer Analyst
Donald Louie is a programmer analyst supporting the Electronic Research Application Portal Rapid Database Generator (eRAP RDG) database building, programming, and debugging.
Sheersha Kandwal | Semantic Front End HHEAR
Sheersha Kandwal is a Semantic Java Developer for High Performance Computing, supporting the Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR). She has a Master’s in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.
Researcher Engagement and Support
Rajendra Bose, PhD | Director of Researcher Engagement
Raj ensures responsive support and communications with researchers who use Scientific Computing and Data services. Raj has 13 years of experience with academic research computing, and his doctoral and postdoctoral work was in the area of scientific data management.
Jing Yang, PhD | Applications Analyst
Jing Yang is an Applications Analyst responsible for facilitating the communication between faculty, staff, researchers, clinicians, and the Scientific Computing and Data team. Jing earned a Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry from Indiana University.
Catherine Bauer-Martinez | Senior REDCap Analyst
Priscilla Acquaye | Data Analyst
Priscilla Acquaye facilitates user support through attention to detail and improved processes. She previously worked for NYU Hospital.
Finance and Operations
Ranjini Kottaiyan | Senior Director of Finance and Research Engagement
Ranjini Kottaiyan is Senior Director. Ranjini holds an MBA and an OD, and she has extensive experience in grants administration and healthcare operations.
Maria Julia Castro | Senior Operations Manager
Maria Castro is Senior Operations Manager. Maria holds an MS from Columbia University in Clinical Psychology. She has experience in project management and buisness operations.
Catherine McCaffrey | Project Manager and Compliance
Catherine McCaffrey is the department project manager working alongside all teams. She is also responsible for all compliance for systems and programs.
Open Positions in Scientific Computing and Data
Mount Sinai provides excellent opportunities to utilize and expand your skills in a rewarding career. Consider joining our team and collaborate with researchers to advance scientific discovery. See Mount Sinai Careers for current job openings.
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