I am pleased to announce the appointment of Josyf Mychaleckyj, MA, PhD, as Assistant Dean for Biomedical Data Sciences Research, effective August 5, 2019. Dr. Mychaleckyj is Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Assistant Director of Bioinformatics & Genetics in the Center for Public Health Genomics.
Dr. Mychaleckyj earned his doctorate in Theoretical Chemistry at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University (1990). He spent 7 years at Oracle Corporation in Silicon Valley, rising to Technical Director, he led product development teams and consulted on projects to architect complex systems for several high-tech manufacturing companies. In 1997, he joined the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research in Cambridge, MA as a senior member of the informatics group for the original Human Genome Sequencing Project. Prior to coming to UVA in 2007, he was Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Public Health Sciences, Physiology & Pharmacology at Wake Forest, and the Center for Human Genomics. Overall, he has more than 30 years of experience in scientific computing and over 20 in genomics research.
Dr. Mychaleckyj’s research interests are in contemporary human genomics and high-throughput statistical genetic computing applied to complex disease mapping, with major projects in diabetes, kidney function, cardiovascular disease, and infant growth and development. He has chaired bioinformatics and genomic analysis committees for major national and international consortia including the Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium (2002-2011) and Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (2009-2018), as well as advising on research infrastructure on other national committees. He has taught courses and mentored fellows and students across a range of disciplines with common themes of scientific computation, statistical analysis, and biomedical informatics. He has over 130 publications and has served on NIH and foundation panels.
As Assistant Dean for Biomedical Data Sciences Research, Dr. Mychaleckyj will serve as an advocate for data scientists and other investigators in the School of Medicine who utilize complex data sets and computational methods in research. He will be involved in strategic planning for research. This will include developing computational infrastructure; providing training and infrastructure support to foster compliance with regulatory requirements for data security and data rigor; seeking opportunities to increase funding for research and training in data sciences investigation; and collaborating with IT and research offices throughout the University and the Health System to provide appropriate bioinformatics and data infrastructure for research.
My thanks to the search committee for their work, input, and guidance.
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Mychaleckyj and supporting his efforts to strengthen the biomedical data infrastructure at the School of Medicine.
Margaret A. Shupnik, PhD
Gerald D. Aurbach Professor of Endocrinology
Senior Associate Dean for Research
UVA School of Medicine
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