Pacific northwest bioMedical Innovation Co-Laboratory (PMedIC)

Core Team

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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Bobbie-Jo Webb-Robertson, Ph.D.
PNNL Co-Director
Director of Biomedical Research Partnerships
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Bobbie-Jo Webb-Robertson has 20 years of experience in statistics and data science. She currently serves as the chief scientist of computational biology in the Biological Sciences Division at PNNL. Her research portfolio is largely related to the biomedical field and primarily focuses on the development and application of advanced statistical and machine learning methods to address challenges associated with large and complex omics data, as well as integration across multiple data sources.

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Josh Adkins

Josh Adkins has a strong background in multi-omics, host-pathogens, protein-structure and function, and biochemistry. His role on the team is to contribute to facilitation and evaluation of potential projects within PMedIC.

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James Evans

James Evans is a chemist with the Molecular Bioimaging and Cellular Dynamics team in PNNL's Environmental Molecular Sciences Division and the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) user program. Evans supports the electron microscopy capabilities and develops new technologies and methods for in situ and dynamic multiscale and multimodal bioimaging. He oversees the operation of the cryo-transmission electron microscope (Krios G3i) with direct electron detector for structural biology applications. He is also integrating two Class IV pulsed lasers with a dual aberration corrected JEOL 2200FS to create a new dynamic transmission electron microscope, or DTEM, in the EMSL Quiet Wing. This unique instrument will enable pump-probe, high-resolution electron microscopy on the nanosecond to microsecond timescales to visualize biological macromolecular dynamics in real-time.

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Jon Jacobs

Jon Jacobs is a leading proteomics researcher at PNNL and facilitates the application of the Laboratory’s mass spectrometry (MS) technologies toward the needs of OHSU researchers. He also supports Dr. Webb-Robertson in managing the flow of MS-focused collaborative projects and works directly with OHSU researchers to drive projects to fruition.

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Jason McDermott

Jason McDermott has a joint appointment with the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at OHSU. He has active collaborations in the areas of bacterial pathogenesis, iron homeostasis, cancer, and computational pathway analysis. In PMedic, he works to provide educational opportunities and build stronger connections with students, post-docs, and staff for application of computational methods in biology.

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Vlad Petyuk

Vlad Petyuk is an expert in proteomics and data analysis. His current focus is on application of a variety of proteomics approaches (targeted, PTM, top-down) to the field of neurodegeneration. He also develops novel computational approaches for proteomics data analysis.

Oregon Health & Science University

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Beth Habecker, Ph.D.
OHSU Co-Director
Professor of Chemical Physiology and Biochemistry, School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Beth Habecker is biomedical scientist investigating injury-induced neural plasticity and on the role of sympathetic nerves in triggering cardiac arrhythmias and modulating immune responses. She has been a faculty member at OHSU for nearly 25 years, serving as a leader in both research and education. She is currently Professor of Chemical Physiology & Biochemistry, with additional appointments in Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine and the Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

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Larry David

Larry David is a protein chemist with 36 years of experience at OHSU researching structural proteins of the lens and the unique modifications causing cataract, including over 20 years of experience studying proteins using mass spectrometry. He is the faculty advisor of the OHSU Proteomics Shared Resource (PSR), where he assists OHSU researchers with the development and execution of their proteomics projects, and is currently Professor of Chemical Physiology & Biochemistry, with an additional appointment at the Casey Eye Institute.

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David A. Dorr

David A. Dorr, a Professor of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology and additional appointment in the Department of Medicine at OHSU, has been a researcher and clinician at OHSU since 2005. He is OHSU’s Chief Research Information Officer, where he focuses on improving capabilities and use of innovations to manage data, information and knowledge in research and in translating it to health care.

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Laura Erker

Laura Erker is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for OHSU School of Medicine, where she oversees research collaborations with external partners such as PNNL. She has nine years of clinical trial experience and fourteen years of basic research experience. Her previous roles suit her current position well, since she understands basic research, clinical research and how both of those connect OHSU to external partners.

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Ashok Reddy

Ashok Reddy, the PSR's core director, is a bioanalytical chemist and manages proteomics projects across OHSU. He has 27 years of research experience in both academia and industry, and 20 years of experience conducting proteomics/biomarker discovery studies in a vast array of sample types. His research interests are in disease biomarkers in body fluids and tumor markers in cancer tissues.

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Bill Rooney

Bill Rooney is the director of OHSU's Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) and a leader in cutting-edge research in magnetic resonance (MR) science and technology, where he provides key expertise to OHSU researchers in live imaging. His research focuses on the development and application of quantitative MR techniques to characterize tissue structure and function.

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Liz Sturgill

Liz Sturgill is an alliance manager in the OHSU School of Medicine Office of Strategic Partnerships and assists with the development and maintenance of OHSU's strategic relationship with PNNL. Current efforts include increasing education and training opportunities across both institutions. She has 16 years of basic research experience that includes viral immunology and immuno-oncology.

Advisory Committee

  • Katrina Waters – Division Director, Biological Sciences Division, Earth & Biological Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Wendy Shaw – Division Director, Physical Sciences Division, Physical & Computational Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Amy Sims – Virologist and Biomedical Scientist, Chemical & Biological Signatures Division, National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Malin Young – Associate Laboratory Director for the Earth & Biological Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Suresh Baskaran – Director of Research Partnerships, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Bill Pike – Division Director, Computing & Analytics Division, National Security Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Julia Ronlov – Director of Strategic Partnerships, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Owen McCarty – Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Dan Marks – Senior Associate Dean for Research, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Mary Heinricher – Associate Dean, Basic Research, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Peter Barr-Gillespie – Executive Vice President and Chief Research, OHSU Research & Innovation, Oregon Health and Science University
  • David Ellison – Director of the Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute, Oregon Health and Science University