Phillip Lord

Phillip Lord is a lecturer at the School of Computing Science at the Newcastle University. Originally gaining his doctorate in molecular biology and genetics, he has subsequently moved into biomedical informatics. He has been responsible for the development of several ontological driven applications and conducted research into similiarity measures over the Gene Ontology. Prior to moving to Newcastle in 2005, he worked at University of Manchester, working on service discovery in bioinformatics as part of the myGrid project.

Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Susanna Sansone has been involved with several international initiatives defining reporting standards for omics-based data over the last 5 years. My activities contribute to the development of standards for data content, syntax and semantics, serving a large network of biomedical, biological and environmental user communities.

Nigam Shah

Nigam Shah is a research scientist with the Center for Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University. He conducts research on developing applications of bio-ontologies and methods for organizing biomedical knowledge using ontologies. He is an active member of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology in the USA.

Susie Stephens

Susie Stephens is Director of Biomedical Informatics, Pharmaceutical R&D, Johnson and Johnson, where she leads biomedical and translational informatics programs, and uses her expertise in open innovation to connect internal informatics efforts to a broad network of university, government, and industrial research. Prior to joining J&J, Susie worked for Eli Lilly where she was a Principal Research Scientist for Open Innovation. She has also worked for Oracle where she created and guided the implementation of their product development strategy for the database for the life sciences, and Sun Microsystems where she was Global Life Sciences Market Segment Manager. Susie has a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Exeter, England, and post-doctoral experience in Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester, England.

Larisa Soldatova

Larisa Soldatova is a Research Committee UK Fellow at the Computer Science Department, the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She obtained her Msc in applied mathematics and her PhD in computer science from the Far Eastern State University (Russia). The primary focus of her research is the development of formal methods for knowledge representation, and their application to the natural and social sciences. During her scientific career Larisa Soldatova has contributed to ontology theory; developed the first generic ontology of scientific experiments and applied it to biology, physics, computer science, to database design; and proposed a formal language for the representation of biological protocols. This work has been published in leading high impact journals. Currently she works on the automation of scientific investigation (the Robot Scientist project, the development of an ontology for drug discovery investigations, and the semantic representation of articles (the ART project ).