Hilmar Lapp
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Hilmar Lapp


I am the Assistant Director for Informatics at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent). In this role I am involved with and have helped initiate many of the Center’s cyberinfrastructure initiatives aimed at grass-roots community capacity buildimg in informatics, including the Center's hackathon program and Google Summer of Code™ (GSoC) participation. I am co-PI of the NSF-funded Phenoscape project on ontological annotation of evolutionary phenotype observations, co-convener of the Biodiversity Information Standards (TDWG) Interest Group on Phylogenetics Standards, senior personnel in the Dryad digital data repository for data supporting scientific publications, and a participant in the Data Integration and Semantics Working Group of DataONE.

Before joining NESCent, I worked for almost 10 years in functional genome informatics in the biopharmaceutical industry sector, where among other things I built SymAtlas, one of the first decidedly gene-centric database integrating genome annotation databases with gene function data.

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Director of Informatics

Duke University
Center for Genomics and Computational Biology

Assistant Director for Informatics

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
May 2006 - June 2015


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