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Dr. Melissa Haendel, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Oregon Health and Science Library and Division of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology. Dr. Haendel earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a B.A. in Chemistry from Reed College. She was a post-doctoral fellow at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon.
At OHSU, she directs the Ontology Development Group. She is the Principal Investigator of the Monarch Initiative, a large-scale data integration platform that aims to assist diagnosis of undiagnosed diseases using model organism and patient data. Within the Force11 community, Dr. Haendel is an active proponent of scientific reproducibility, data provenance and attribution. She has also chaired multiple BD2K workshops on data standards development and is on the executive board of the Biocuration Society. Within Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, she is actively leading efforts on genotype-phenotype integration, initially for cancer and rare disease use cases.