Administrative Leadership

Manish Parashar

Manish Parashar is the director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and a professor in the Rutgers Department of Computer Science. He is also the director of the Cloud and Autonomic Computing (CAC) Center at Rutgers and the Applied Software Systems Laboratory at Rutgers. Recently, he served as program director in the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation, where he managed an approximately $150 million research portfolio. Dr. Parashar's research interests are in the broad area of parallel and distributed computing and include computational and data-enabled science and engineering, applied parallel and distributed computing, extreme-scale computing, autonomic computing, and data center provisioning and management, among other areas.

Forough Ghahramani

Forough is  Associate Director at Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) In this role, she provides leadership for the operation of RDI2, internal and external partnerships, as well as in collaboration with the RDIDirector and AVP of Economic Development, develops the strategy for the Institute.
Forough's diversified career experience includes higher education management, strategic planning, management consulting, software engineering, business analysis and organization-wide information technology planning. Prior to joining RDI2, Forough was Associate Dean of Keller Graduate School of Management and the Colleges of Health Sciences and Media Arts & Technology at DeVry University. She previously served as Principal of Life Sciences Computing, and a senior systems architect, project manager, and software engineer at Hewlett Packard. During her tenure in academia, in addition to her administrative role, she established strategic alliances, led accreditation processes, and introduced new programs in business, technology and healthcare, including an innovative program in neurodiagnostic technology in partnership with the New Jersey Neuroscience Institute.
Forough’s education includes a doctorate in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Marketing from DePaul University, MS in Computer Science from Villanova University, and BS in Mathematics with a minor in Biology from Pennsylvania State University. Her research interests include “bioinformatics, the challenges and opportunities associated with the convergence of biotechnology and information technology”, and “institutional factors for promoting pathways for women innovators in science, engineering and technology fields”.
Combining her dedication to training of young women leaders in STEM fields with her passion for entrepreneurship, Forough has concentrated her volunteer efforts on developing programs to mentor women in STEM and advocating for support from leading policy members for women in business and STEM education initiatives. Forough is Chair of IEEE Women In Engineering  (IEEE WIE) Princeton, and a member of Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Women Inventors Committee and the New Jersey Council on Gender Parity in Labor and Education’s Committee on Women in Science and Technology Workforce. Forough’s board commitments include Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) Education Foundation, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corp., and previously the Alumni Board of Penn State Eberly College of Science. Forough is a recipient of the Euro-American Women’s Council (EAWC) Artemis award for her contributions and advocacy for the future generation of women leaders in STEM fields. 

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, Ph.D is responsible for the development and implementation of new university wide economic development initiatives.  In this role, she provides administrative leadership for the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), the Rutgers University Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Strategic Planning effort and the New Jersey Big Data Alliance, among other responsibilities.She also has administrative responsibility for the Rutgers EcoComplex, an award-winning alternative energy innovation center and the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, in which she led the development, organization, and strategic direction of this internationally recognized food business accelerator.
Margaret also led the development of the Rutgers Corporate Engagement Plan and the Innovation Park. She represents Rutgers on the Association for Public and Land Grant Universities Council on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity and the CIC U-Metrics Committee. Margaret is an economist with expertise in economic development strategies, energy economics, and industrial organization. She holds a BS in Economics, MS in Agricultural Economics and PhD in Planning and Public Policy, all from Rutgers University.

Christopher J. Molloy 

Christopher J. Molloy, who led the Rutgers-UMDNJ integration, became the university’s senior vice president for research and economic development Nov. 1, 2013. His responsibilities include oversight and strategic planning for the university’s $700 million in annual research expenditures and management of the many institutional offices and resources that support Rutgers’ research and economic development activities.
Molloy joined Rutgers in 2007 as dean of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy. In 2011, he was appointed interim provost for biomedical and health sciences and successfully managed the complex integration of Rutgers and most of the former UMDNJ. Molloy served as interim chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences from July 2013 until joining ORED four months later.
Research Leadership

David Foran 

As the Associate Director for Research-Medical and Health Informatics, Dr. David J. Foran has led several multi-institutional projects in computational imaging, computer-assisted diagnostics, bioinformatics and team-based software development to address fundamental problems in cancer detection, patient stratification, disease management, and outcomes studies. His team has had a long-time focus on the development of a family of data-mining, imaging and computational tools for characterizing the morphologic profiles exhibited by a wide range of malignancies and elucidating the role that protein and molecular expression plays in disease onset and progression. Dr. Foran received his B.A. from Rutgers University in 1983 for Zoology and Physics, and then earned his Ph.D. jointly from Rutgers University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Helen M. Berman 

Dr. Helen M. Berman is the Associate Director for Research-Physical and Life Sciences at RDI2 and the former Director of the RCSB Protein Data Bank. She is involved in several other structural biology data resources including the Nucleic Acid Database, EMDataBank, and the Structural Biology Knowledgebase. She received her Ph.D. in Natural Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh in 1967.

Debashish Bhattacharya

Dr. Debashish Bhattacharya is the Associate Director for Research - Earth and Environmental Sciences and works in the area of microbial genomics and evolution. Specific projects include elucidating the endosymbiotic origin of photosynthetic organelles, developing single cell genomic methods, studying algal biology and physiology for applied uses, studying the genome biology of toxic dinoflagellates, and elucidating the flow of genetic information across the tree of life. Dr. Bhattacharya received his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University, was a Sloan fellow with Mitchell Sogin at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole and a Humboldt Scholar in Cologne, Germany. Prior to Rutgers, he was a professor at the University of Iowa for eleven years.

Michael Lesk

Dr. Lesk is the Associate Director for Research – Computing & Information Systems. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics in 1969 and moved on join the computer science group at Bell Laboratories where he helped develop UNIX. He is best known for his work in electronic libraries and his book “Practical Digital Libraries.”  His research includes the CORE project for chemical information, document production, and retrieval software. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and received the Flame Award from the Usenix Association. 
Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Leadership

Thu Nguyen

Dr. Nguyen is the Associate Director for Research Cyberinfrastructure at RDI2. He received his Ph.D. for Computer Science and Engineering in 1999 at the University of Washington and is now a professor in the Rutgers Department of Computer Science.  He is also serving as the Associate Chair of Computer Science.
Education and Outreach Leadership

Deborah Silver

Dr. Silver is the Associate Director for Education and Outreach here at RDI2 and is also a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Executive Director of the Rutgers Professional Science Master’s Program. Her research areas include scientific visualization and computer graphics. Dr. Silver received her B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Princeton University. 
Technical Operations

Ivan Rodero

Ivan Rodero is the Associate Director for Technical Operations and Associate Research Professor at the Rutgers DIscovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) and the NSF Cloud and Computing Center (CAC) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He received an integrated BS and MS degree in 2004 and a PhD degree in February 2009 from Technical University of Catalonia. 

RDI2 Staff

Sandy BullardSandy Bullard
Business Manager
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Caroline McHugh
Sr. Program Coordinator, RDI2

Laura ReadieLaura Readie
Administrative Assistant
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Juan José Villalobos
OOI IT Manager, RDI2

Jim Housell
OOI System Administrator, RDI2

Aamir Jadoon
OOI Systems Administrator, RDI2

Bill Kish
OOI Software Manager, RDI2

Janeen Pisciotta
OOI Application Developer, RDI2

Mark Steiner
OOI Application Developer, RDI2

Koji Tanaka
Systems Administrator, RDI2


Marc Mina Garas
Accounting Assistant, RDI2