Dipti Ranganathan, MS


As Director of the CRI, Dipti leads our operations and strategic planning. She also serves as Assistant Dean for Academic & Administrative Information Systems for the BSD, leading the implementation of new technology solutions to improve strategic decision-making and operational efficiency.

Michael Baltasi, PhD

Deputy Director

In 2014, Michael brought his expertise in finance and management in tech and higher education to the CRI, where he oversees our financial and strategic planning, business development, communications, and educational programming.

Jorge Andrade, PhD

Research Assistant Professor and Director of Bioinformatics

Jorge has served as the CRI Director of Bioinformatics since May 2012. His area of expertise is the development of bioinformatics, computational, and biostatistics methods and tools for the analysis of large scale high-throughput genomics and genetics data.

Thorbjörn Axelsson, MS

Director of IT Infrastructure & Scientific Computing

With more than fifteen years experience in IT for research and higher education, Thorbjörn leads the CRI’s work of operating, expanding, and improving our secure computing infrastructure.

Brian Furner

Director of Applications Development

Brian leads a team of developers who are responsible for providing custom software solutions to the BSD research community. In addition to building applications from scratch, the applications development team provides maintenance and operational support for several open-source and third-party products, and has expertise in processing and merging data from disparate sources.

Timothy Holper, MS, MA

Director of Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence

Tim leads the architecture, development, and operations of the Clinical Research Data Warehouse (CRDW) team, whose primary focus is bringing disparate data sources into the CRDW and making this data available to the researcher community through a standard data request process.

Julie Johnson, PhD, MPH, RN

Associate Director, Clinical Research Informatics

Julie has more than 15 years of clinical and healthcare experience as a nurse, analyst, teaching assistant, research assistant, and clinical program coordinator. As part of the CRDW team, she works directly with stakeholders to translate their research questions into optimized requests for the technical team.