Staff


BD Kim

Byoung-Do Kim, PhD

Director of Research Computing
BD leads the SOM research computing program and also supports university-wide collaborations such as CADRE. He received his PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering from Purdue University, and has been working in high-performance computing and big data field for more than 10 years at many institutions including National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and Harvard Medical School. He always looks for opportunities where SOM-RC team can maximize the potential of computational biomed research by providing expertise in big data analysis and advanced computing.

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Neal Magee

Neal Magee, PhD

Cloud Solution Architect
Neal designs scaling, service-driven, distributed systems in the public cloud. His recent work has been built primarily in Amazon Web Services, with which he is a certified solution architect. Drawing on a background in development and operations, he designs programmable infrastructure that changes dynamically with the needs of an application. He has extensive experience with Python, public clouds, and architecting dynamic systems that scale and heal automatically.

VP Nagraj

VP Nagraj

Research Computing Associate
Pete teaches, consults and contributes to scientific programming and data analysis projects. With expertise in R and Python, he’s been active in package development and a variety of open-source collaborations.

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Christina Gancayco

Christina Gancayco

Research Computing Associate
Christina collaborates with researchers on image processing and imaging data management projects. Prior to joining SOM research computing, Christina performed brain imaging research at the UVa Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging. She specializes in Matlab programming and is interested in machine learning projects.

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Hardik Parikh

Hardik I. Parikh, PhD

Computational Scientist
Hardik is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms in various biological events and pathological processes using computational technologies. He received his PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at VCU focusing on applying molecular modeling approaches to problems pertaining to drug design/discovery, followed by a bioinformatics postdoc in the field of microbiome data analysis. At UVa, Hardik collaborates with multi-disciplinary researchers to provide extended bioinformatics solutions focused on genomic and metagenomic analyses. He develops novel computational algorithms/tools for meaningful biological interpretation of NGS data.

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Cory DeFreitas

Cory DeFreitas

Research Computing Associate
Cory has experience with Machine Learning, Visualization, and Parallel Computation using Matlab. He has performed complex 3D Spectral Analysis and Visualization with the Radiology Department, categorized sound signals using Machine Learning algorithms, and taught as an adjunct instructor for a graduate course on Research Computation.

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Diane Silverman

Executive Assistant
With a background in healthcare and nonprofit management, Diane supports the SOMRC research computing team. Diane received her MSM from Purdue University.

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