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Vaccine Ontology (VO) Development Team

     The Vaccine Ontology (VO) Development Team currently includes the following members:

  • Yongqun "Oliver" He, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Medical Center; VIOLIN and VO project PI.
    Expertise: Immunology, Brucella vaccine development, and ontology development.
    VO Contribution: Primary VO developer, VO project management, vaccine domain expert, and VO web development and maintenance.
  • Barry Smith, PhD, Professor, University at Buffalo; NCBO Co-PI; OBO; OBI; IDO.
    Expertise: Ontology expert, creation of the BFO, the top level ontology of VO.
    VO Contribution: Ontology expert development and dissemination.
  • Lindsay Cowell, PhD, Associate Professor, Duke University Medical Center; IDO project PI.
    Expertise: Infectious disease and ontology development.
    VO Contribution: Close interaction with the Infectious Disease Ontology (IDO)
  • Alexander Diehl, PhD, Senior Scientific Curator, The Jackson Laboratory; Scientific curation of Mouse Genome Informatics and Gene Ontology (GO).
    Expertise: Immunology and ontology development.
    VO Contribution: interaction of VO with the Gene Ontology (GO).
  • Harry Mobley, PhD, Professor, University of Michigan Medical School.
    Expertise: E. coli vaccine research and development, vaccine domain expert.
    VO Contribution: Vaccine domain expert.
  • Bjoern Peters, PhD, Associate Professor, La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology; OBI, OBO.
    Expertise: Epitope / immunology, ontology development.
    VO Contribution: integration of VO into OBI and the epitope / immunology related modeling.
  • Alan Ruttenberg, PhD, Science Commons; An active participant in W3C Semantic Web activities; a chair of the OWL Working Group specifying OWL 2; a coordinating editor of the OBO Foundry; OBI.
    Expertise: OWL, Semantic Web, ontology development.
    VO Contribution: technical support on VO development.
  • Richard H. Scheuermann, PhD, Professor, University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center.
    Expertise: Immunology, influenza virus research, ontology development.
    VO Contribution: integration of VO into OBI and Influenza Ontology.
  • Ryan Brinkman, PhD, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia and BC Cancer Research Centre (BCCRC), Vancouver, Canada; OBI
    Expertise: Ontology development, medical genetics, flow cytometry.
    VO Contribution: Use and improve VO for Canadian Flu Pandemic Preparedness network.
  • Melanie Courtot, Bioinformatician, BC Cancer Research Centre (BCCRC), Vancouver, Canada; OBI
    Expertise: Ontology development.
    VO Contribution: Use and improve VO for Canadian Flu Pandemic Preparedness network.
  • Allen Xiang, MS, Software developer and bioinformatician, University of Michigan Medical School; VIOLIN software developer and manager.
    Expertise: Software development, database administration.
    VO Contribution: VO-related software development such as the VO Browser development, data parsing, VO-based literature mining tool development.

Membership in the Vaccine Ontology Development Team is determined only by participation. We welcome the participation of new members. To join, let us know of your interest by emailing Oliver He.