|Lorin Crawford, PhD
United States of America
|Nadia El-Mabrouk, PhD
University of Montreal
|Noelle Noyes, PhD
University of Minnesota
United States of America
Michael Osterholm, PhD
Lorin Crawford is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research New England. He also holds a position as the RGSS Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at Brown University. His scientific research interests involve the development of novel and efficient computational methodologies to address complex problems in statistical genetics, cancer pharmacology, and radiomics (e.g., cancer imaging). A central theme of Dr. Crawford’s research program is to take modern machine learning approaches and develop theory that enable their interpretations to be related back to classical genomic principles. His most recent work has earned him a place on Forbes 30 Under 30 list, The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans list, and recognition as an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow and a David & Lucile Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering.
Nadia El-Mabrouk is full professor at the Computer Science Department and member of the Centre de Recherche Mathématiques at the University of Montreal. She has a longstanding experience in developing algorithms for comparative genomics and especially genome rearrangements, gene tree reconstruction and Gene tree/Species tree reconciliation. She is involved, each year, in the program committee of some of the most popular conferences in computational biology such as RECOMB, ISMB, WABI and APBC. In particular, she acted as the ISMB Proceeding Co-chair in 2018 and 2019. She organized two RECOMB Comparative Genomics Workshops in Montreal. Her research appears in a variety of computer science, bioinformatics and life science journals, among them IEEE/ACM, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Bioinformatics, Nature Scientific Reports and BMC-Genomics.
Dr. Noelle Noyes is a veterinary epidemiologist in the Veterinary Population Medicine Department at the University of Minnesota. Noelle received her BA in European Studies from Amherst College, with a concentration in Asian Languages and Civilizations. She received her MA from Osnabrück Universität, Germany while conducting independent research on an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and bartending at the local kneipe. She then worked as a consultant for Mercator Partners in Boston, specializing in innovation strategy and mergers/acquisitions for high-tech companies. After deciding that corporate American wasn't for her, Noelle decided to pursue veterinary school. While waitressing and wrangling cows, dogs and cats (not at the same time), Noelle took all of the science pre-reqs for vet school and was accepted into the DVM-PhD program at Colorado State University, where she received her doctorate in epidemiology, a USDA NIFA post-doctoral fellowship, and her veterinary degree (large animal medicine). Dr. Noyes values diversity, ingenuity, and genuineness.
The author of more than 315 papers and abstracts, including 21 book chapters, Dr. Osterholm is a frequently invited guest lecturer on the topic of epidemiology of infectious diseases. He serves on the editorial boards of nine journals, including Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and Microbial Drug Resistance: Mechanisms, Epidemiology and Disease, and he is a reviewer for 24 additional journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the AmericanMedical Association, and Science. He is past president of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and has served on the CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases Board of Scientific Counselors from 1992 to 1997. Dr. Osterholm served on the IOM Forum on Microbial Threats from 1994 through 2011. He has served on the IOM Committee on Emerging Microbial Threats to Health in the 21st Century and the IOM Committee on Food Safety, Production to Consumption, and he was a reviewer for the IOM Report on Chemical and Biological Terrorism. As a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Dr. Osterholm has served on the Committee on Biomedical Research of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board, the Task Force on Biological Weapons, and the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance. He is a frequent consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Defense, and the CDC. He is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).