Scientific Advisory Committee

A new KBase Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) was formed in January 2016. Members are eminent scientific leaders who will help us ensure that KBase serves the current and future needs of the broad biological research community. They will be active participants in feature prioritization and community engagement to help guide the development of new scientific functionality in KBase.

The SAC members are:

Bernhard_Palsson_photoBernhard Palsson, University of California–San Diego:  Dr. Palsson is the Galletti Professor of Bioengineering, Professor of Pediatrics, and the Principal Investigator of the Systems Biology Research Group in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. He has co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed research articles and has authored four textbooks. His research includes the development of methods to analyze metabolic dynamics (such as flux-balance analysis) and the formulation of complete models of selected cells. Dr. Palsson was inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2006 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2011.


Ed_Buckler_photoEd Buckler, Cornell University: Dr. Buckler is a Research Geneticist at the US Department of Agriculture and an Adjunct Professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University. He is recognized as a leader in integrating quantitative and statistical genetics with genomic approaches and applying these tools to maize and other crops. The Buckler Lab uses functional genomic approaches to dissect complex traits in maize, biofuel grasses, and grapes. In 2015, Dr. Buckler was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.


Rob_Knight_photoRob Knight, University of California–San Diego: Dr. Knight is a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Computer Science & Engineering at the University of California San Diego. He was chosen as one of 50 HHMI Early Career Scientists in 2009 and is a Senior Editor at the ISME Journal, a member of the Steering Committee of the Earth Microbiome Project, and a co-founder of the American Gut Project. The Knight Lab uses and develops computational and experimental techniques to ask fundamental questions about the evolution of the composition of biomolecules, genomes, and communities in different ecosystems, including the complex microbial ecosystems of the human body.


Todd_Mockler_photoTodd Mockler, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center: Dr. Mockler is the Geraldine and Robert Virgil Distinguished Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. The Mockler Lab uses genomic, phenomic, and computational tools to better understand plant genomes and plant responses to the environment including abiotic stresses such as drought, heat, and cold. His research is aimed at predicting plant performance, responses, and behaviors across a range of environments. He is Principal Investigator of the DOE ARPA-E TERRA reference sorghum phenotyping project.


Jennie_Reed_photoJennifer Reed, University of Wisconsin–Madison: Dr. Reed is a Harvey D. Spangler Faculty Scholar in the College of Engineering at UW-Madison. Her group studies microbial metabolism and regulation using a combination of computational and experimental approaches. Their research is largely focused in three areas: network discovery, metabolic engineering, and microbial interactions. Dr. Reed is exploring cyanobacteria as a potential generator of biofuels, work that netted her a US Department of Energy early career award in 2012 and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2014. In 2015, she was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows.


Judy Wall, University of Missouri: Dr. Wall holds the Curators’ Professorship in Biochemistry at the University of Missouri. She is known for her work on genetics and metabolism of hydrogen, iron, and sulfate in bacteria, and is an expert on genetic methods for manipulating bacteria and high throughput production of genetically modified D. vulgaris and other bacterial strains. Her lab played a major role in understanding the genetic basis for bacterial conversion of mercury to the neurotoxin methylmercury. In 1994, she became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, and in 1998, a fellow of the American Academy for Microbiology.


Bryan_White_photoBryan White, University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign: Dr. White is director of the Mayo Clinic/UIUC Strategic Alliance for Technology-Based Healthcare, a structure that provides clinical partners with expertise and technology supporting collaborative programs in individualized medicine and point-of-care diagnostics. As a professor at UIUC, his research focuses on using microbial genomics, metagenomics, and microbial ecology to understand host-microbe interactions.


Barny_Whitman_photoBarny Whitman, University of Georgia: Dr. Whitman’s laboratory uses an integrated approach to understand the nature of free-living prokaryotes of environmental importance. He has encouraged students to use these approaches to study the methane-producing archaeon Methanococcus, the marine roseobacteria, and soil bacteria. Since 2006, he has served as Director of the Editorial Office for Bergey’s Manual Trust and worked on the 2nd edition of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology.