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 Principal Investigator

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

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Zhenyu Zhang

GDC Bioinformatics Manager

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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Bill Wysocki

Director of User Services

Dr. Wysocki is the Director of User Services for the GDC in the Center for Translational Data Science (CTDS)...

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Greg Singer

Lead System Architect

Greg is the Lead System Architect for the GDC at the Center for Translational Data Science (CTDS)...

Former University of Chicago GDC Leads

  • Yan Liu (2018 – 2020) – Former Director of Architecture for the GDC at the Center for Translational Data Science (CTDS). Yan applied her industrial experience in software engineering and architecture, to achieve scaling in complex systems at the GDC.
  • Michael Fitzsimons (2014 - 2019) - Former Director of User Services and Outreach for the GDC in the Center for Data Intensive Science (CDIS) at the University of Chicago. Dr. Fitzsimons worked with all users to provide the cancer research community with GDC's unified data repository that enables data sharing across cancer genomic studies in support of precision medicine.
  • Ray Powell (2014 - 2019) - Former Director of Cloud Operations for the Center of Data Intensive Science (CDIS) at the University of Chicago. Mr. Powell was responsible for architecting and maintaining large scale computer and network infrastructure.
  • Janice Lodato (2014 - 2019) - Former Senior Technical Project Manager for the Genomic Data Commons at the University of Chicago’s Center for Translational Data Science. Ms. Lodato is worked with technical teams to deliver solutions that provide an optimal user experience.

Former Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) GDC Leads

  • Lincoln Stein (2014 - 2020) - Program Director, Informatics and Bio-computing, at the OICR. Dr. Stein is responsible for the management and analysis of large integrative cancer research projects including the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) and provided OICR leadership on the GDC.
  • Christina Yung (2014 - 2020) - Director of Genome Informatics and Principal Research Scientist at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR). Dr. Yung provided leadership in the development of the GDC Data Portal and associated analysis and visualization tools.
  • Junjun Zhang (2014 - 2020) - Lead bioinformatician at the OICR. Mr. Zhang used his experience in designing integrated biological database systems, such as the Database of Genomic Variants (DGV) and the International Cancer Genome Consortium (ICGC) to support GDC development.
  • Vincent Ferretti (2014 - 2018) - Former Associate Director, Bioinformatics Software Development and Senior Principal Investigator at the OICR. Dr. Ferretti was responsible for large scale cancer projects that integrate big data technologies, including GDC's Data Portal.
  • Francois Gerthoffert (2014 - 2019) - Former Project Manager at the OICR. Mr. Gerthoffert was responsible for managing teams building GDC‘s front-end applications.
  • Shane Wilson (2014 - 2017) - Former Engineering Manager at the OICR. Mr. Wilson was responsible for developing GDC's modern web applications.

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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Himanso Sahni

GDC Technical Lead

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

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Biju Issac

Scientific Lead

Dr. Issac is the GDC Scientific Lead at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc...

Other Leidos Biomedical Research GDC Leads

  • Ellen Miller - Former Program Director supporting GDC and other initiatives.
  • Nancy Roche - Biospecimen Research Group Director supporting GDC and other initiatives.

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