GDC Team

The GDC is managed by a team comprised of scientists and specialists from the NCI, contracting organizations, and external leaders in the cancer research bioinformatics community.  

GDC Team Leads

NCI GDC Leads

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Louis M. Staudt

Director, Center for Cancer Genomics

Dr. Staudt received his B.A. in Biochemistry from Harvard College in 1976. He was awarded a Medical Scientist...

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Zhining Wang

Project Officer, Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG)

Dr. Wang joined the NCI in 2012. He is currently the Project Officer for GDC and Biomedical Informatics...

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Jean Claude Zenklusen

Director, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)

Dr. Zenklusen was born 1964 in Visp, Switzerland. He earned a Master in Sciences (Biochemistry) from the...

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Daniela Gerhard

Director, Office of Cancer Genomics

Dr. Gerhard is a human genetics and molecular cancer biologist.  She is a co-author of ~100 publications. Dr. Gerhard was on the faculty of the Washington University School of Medicine...

University of Chicago GDC Leads

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Robert Grossman

GDC Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Grossman is a faculty member at the University of Chicago and the Co-Principal Investigator for the NCI GDC project...

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Allison Heath

GDC Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Heath is the Co-Principal Investigator of the NCI GDC project and the Director of Data Technology and Innovation for the Center for Data Driven Discovery in Biomedicine...

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Zhenyu Zhang

GDC Lead Bioinformatician

Dr. Zhang is the Lead Bioinformatician for GDC in the Center for Data Intensive Science (CDIS) at the University of Chicago...

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Michael Fitzsimons

GDC Director of User Services and Outreach

Dr. Fitzsimons is the Director of User Services and Outreach for the GDC in the Center for Data Intensive Science (CDIS)...

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Ray Powell

Director of Cloud Operations

Mr. Powell is the Director of Cloud Operations for the Center of Data Intensive Science (CDIS)...

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Christina Yung

GDC Director of Data Commons

Dr. Yung is the Director of Data Commons in the Center for Data Intensive Science at the University of Chicago...

Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) GDC Leads

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Vincent Ferretti

GDC Co‐Principal Investigator

Dr. Ferretti is an Associate Director, Bioinformatics Software Development and Senior Principal Investigator at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research...

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Lincoln Stein

GDC Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Stein is the Program Director, Informatics and Bio-computing, at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research...

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Francois Gerthoffert

Project Manager

Mr. Gerthoffert is a Project Manager, in the Informatics and Bio-computing department, at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research....

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Junjun Zhang

Lead Bioinformatician

Mr. Zhang has extensive experience in designing/building integrated biological database systems, such as...

Other OICR GDC Leads

Shane Wilson - Engineering Manager for GDC. Mr. Wilson has been responsible for developing complex web applications for large scale cancer projects that integrate big data technologies with modern visualizations, including the ICGC Data Portal.

Leidos Biomedical Research GDC Leads

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Sharon Gaheen

GDC Technical Project Manager

Ms. Gaheen is a Technical Project Manager for Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. and is the Leidos project manager for GDC...

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Mark Jensen

GDC Senior Principal Scientist

Dr. Jensen is a Senior Principal Scientist and Director of Genomic Programs at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc...

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Himanso Sahni

GDC Technical Lead

Mr. Sahni is a technical lead for Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. and is the Leidos Technical Lead for GDC...

Other Leidos Biomedical Research GDC Leads

Ellen Miller - Program Director supporting several NCI cancer research initiatives including GDC.

GDC Steering Committee

Member Organization
Stephen Chanock, MD NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics
Li Ding, PhD Washington University at St. Louis
Gaddy Getz, PhD Broad Institute
Melissa Haendel, PhD Oregon Health and Science University
David Haussler, PhD University of California Santa Cruz
Warren Kibbe, PhD NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology
Chris Sander, PhD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Ilya Shmulevich, PhD Institute for Systems Biology
Louis M. Staudt, MD, PhD NCI Center for Cancer Genomics
John Weinstein, MD, PhD University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Barbara Wold, PhD Caltech
Jinghui Zhang, PhD St. Jude Children's Research Hospital