Management Team: KBase

The KBase collaboration is led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and includes participation from Argonne, Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories.

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Also involved in the multi-institutional program are Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Tennessee.

Our key external partners are DOE’s Joint Genome Institute, Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, Bioenergy Research Centers, and several of the Genomic Science program’s Scientific Focus Areas (SFAs). Several university projects are also important contributors.

The KBase Scientific Advisory Committee is composed of leading scientists who help us ensure that we prioritize development that serves the needs of the biological research community.

Management Team

Adam Arkin : PI

Adam Arkin

Adam is an expert in the comparative systems and synthetic biology of microbes and is dedicated to a model-driven approach to experimental science. He is Interim Biosciences Area Science Deputy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley where he has been since 1998. He is Technical Co-Manager of the ENIGMA SFA, directs the Synthetic Biology Institute, and is an investigator of the Energy Biosciences Institute. He was one of six recipients of the 2013 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, the Department of Energy’s highest scientific honor.


Robert Cottingham : Co-PI

Robert Cottingham


Robert has extensive experience developing computational and data management tools and systems for genetics, genomics and systems biology research. He has a background in bioinformatics and management including at the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Center as Co-Director of the Informatics Core, Operations Director of the Genome Database at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Vice President of Computing at Celltech Chiroscience. Robert leads the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


Chris Henry: Co-PI

Chris Henry


Chris is a scientist at Argonne National Laboratory, a fellow at the University of Chicago, and an adjunct professor at Northwestern University. He is an expert in computational biology with a focus on the prediction of phenotype from genome through the use of comparative genomics, metabolic modeling, and dynamic cellular community models. He received the Jay Bailey Young Investigator Best Paper in Metabolic Engineering Award in 2012.


Former members of management team

Rick Stevens
Sergei Maslov
Fernando Perez


Scientific Advisory Committee

KBase has a Scientific Advisory Committee consisting of selected scientific leaders who will help us ensure that KBase serves the current and future needs of the broad biological research community. The members are listed on the SAC page.