This group is responsible for strategic planning, formulation, and direction of programs and projects to enhance the JGI’s preeminence as a national resource. Members report to the JGI Director.
JGI Director, Nigel Mouncey: The Director provides scientific and managerial guidance for all aspects of the JGI. This includes responsibilities toward the JGI internal scientific programs, the affiliated DOE National Laboratories, the Community Science Program (CSP), and external collaborations. The Director ensures the highest quality operational effectiveness of production sequencing, provides health and safety oversight at the JGI, and plans for the development of future capabilities. Responsibilities include strategic planning and ensuring program excellence. The Director represents the JGI to its various funding agencies, acts as a principal advisor to the Department of Energy biology programs, and represents the Joint Genome Institute at national and international forums.
Chief Informatics Officer (CIO), Kjiersten Fagnan: The Chief Informatics Officer provides advice and strategic direction for the overall design and implementation of computational biology and bioinformatics approaches in support of meeting DOE mission critical programmatic goals.
Deputy of User Programs, Susannah Tringe: The Deputy of User Programs provides direction, leadership, and oversight for all JGI user programs, including the Community Science Program and Emerging Technical Opportunity Program. The Deputy of User Programs also acts as a liaison to our partner institutions, funding agencies and the broader scientific community.
Deputy of Genomic Technologies, Len Pennacchio: The Deputy of Genomic Technologies serves as the JGI’s primary point of contact for all high-throughput production and new genomic technologies. This group is also involved in all projects seeking to identify genetic variation within a given species. In addition, scientific research is being conducted to derive biological insights into sequence data being generated by the JGI. One current area of focus is the assessment and utilization of new DNA sequencing technologies to capture genetic diversity as well as to aid in genome assemblies. Additional duties of this Deputy include interacting with users seeking to exploit new genomic technologies and providing vision for future technical JGI directions and scientific publications.
Deputy of Science Programs, Axel Visel: The Deputy of Science provides direction, leadership, and oversight for all JGI scientific programs. The Deputy of Science is also responsible for formulation and implementation of scientific policy, engaging in interactions with the scientific community at large.
Deputy of Operations, Ray Turner: The Deputy of Operations provides oversight and leadership of JGI operations infrastructure, including space and facilities, finance and procurement, human resources, safety, and administrative activities. The Deputy of Operations supports and acts on behalf of the JGI Director in day-to-day management and planning related to the JGI’s infrastructure and business functions. He acts as a resource and provides advice and counsel regarding current DOE, national laboratory, and UC policies and procedures that have an impact on management of the JGI. In addition, he makes decisions or final recommendations on operational issues, and also acts as liaison/spokesperson and represents the JGI to DOE, external agencies, industrial contacts, participating national laboratories, and other organizations with regard to JGI administrative and financial management, facilities, environmental health and safety, and business issues.
Business Development & Project Management Office Lead, Tootie Tatum: The Business Development & Project Management Office Lead is responsible for the short- and long-term planning, leadership, coordination and oversight of increasing JGI’s user base in both the private and public sectors, strategic management of JGI’s intellectual property portfolio and identifying and developing potential spin-out commercial opportunities in alignment with JGI’s mission and vision.
Senior Manager for Communications & Outreach, David Gilbert: The Senior Manager of Communications & Outreach is responsible for sustaining the integrity of the JGI brand through an integrated marketing and communications approach in support of JGI’s strategic vision, the Institute’s staff and user community.