CAPS (Combined Analysis of Psychiatric Studies)

CAPS Research Staff

Marco Azaro

Marco A. Azaro, Ph.D. - Assistant Research Professor, Brzustowicz Lab

I obtained my Ph.D in Biology from Brown University in 2002 under the supervision of Arthur Landy. My thesis research focused on the mechanisms of site-specific recombination used by lambda bacteriophage during host integration. From 2002 to 2005 I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Honghua Li at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey where I developed software to generate multiplex PCR primers and to analyze microarray data. I joined Linda Brzustowicz's laboratory in 2005 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and am currently employed as an Assistant Research Professor. On CAPS, I manage the computational end of clinical data management in close coordination with Kate Tobin. I also contribute bioinformatics programming support to the project.

John Burian

John Burian, BS, MS - Senior Systems Developer, Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine

I have BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Bowling Green State University. I have fourteen years of experience in programming, particularly network programming, high-throughput data processing and process automation. In addition, I have experience in network and system administration. I provide programming and scripting support for CAPS, as well as systems administration.
Email: John Burian

Yungui Huang

Yungui Huang, Ph.D., BS, MS, MBA - Director, Research Data and Computing Services, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

I have training in a variety of areas, with a PhD degree in statistical genetics, a MS degree in computer science, and a MBA degree, all from University of Iowa. My Bachelor of Science was in Computer Science from Nankai University. I have three years of experience in database development, 10 plus years in software development/design, including parallel computing and implementation of statistical genetics algorithms, among other areas. I am the chief architect of Kelvin in its current form. In my role as Director, I coordinate computational activities for the CAPS project, I consult on Kelvin development, data base and data analytic activities, and contribute to data analyses.
Email: Yungui Huang

Sang-Cheol Seok

Sang-Cheol Seok, Ph.D. - Systems Developer, Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine

I received my BS and MS degrees in Mathematics at the Pusan National University, Pusan, Korea and a PhD degree in Computer Science at the University of Iowa. My research interest covers Data mining, High Performance Computing, Numerical Analysis and Combinatorial Scientific Computing. I use most of these areas in my work as a developer of Kelvin. I’m also helping to develop and implement the CAPS website.
Email: Sang-Cheol Seok

William Valentine-Cooper

William Valentine-Cooper, BA - Senior Systems Developer, Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine

I have a bachelors degree in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University, and have worked for over 30 years as a systems architect, developer and project leader in many different industries. My role on the CAPS Project is to work closely with Kimberly Walters on implementation and automation of data processing and data analysis steps, and I’m responsible for databases for the project.
Email: William Valentine-Cooper

Kimberly Walter

Kimberly Walters, Ph.D. - Post Doctoral Scientist, Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine

I received my PhD in Biostatistics from The Ohio State University (OSU) and have a BS in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I have experience with longitudinal methodology and intervention research from my work on pediatric mood disorders at the OSU Medical Center. My research interests include methods development for public health epidemiology, prevention, and treatment. I’m the principle data analyst for CAPS.
Email: Kimberly Walters


Former Staff

Anthony Marcketta

Anthony Marcketta, BS - Research Assistant, Brzustowicz Lab

I received my Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University in May 2009, completing a double major in Genetics and Computer Science. My thesis research, which I performed in Linda Brzustowicz’s laboratory, focused on the collaborative development of an application that predicts microRNA target sites that colocalize with validated SNPs. My role in the CAPS project is to assist Marco Azaro and Katie Tobin with the cleaning and curation of clinical phenotypic data as well as to provide general Bioinformatics support.

Kathleen Tobin

Kathleen Tobin, Ph.D. - Research Associate, Brzustowicz Lab

I received Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in 2007 and my BA from Rutgers University in 2001. My graduate research and training focused in the areas of health psychology, cognitive and neuropsychological assessment, and instrumentation. Following my graduate degree, I completed two years of postdoctoral training in forensic neuropsychological assessment and clinical research. In 2008, I worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Study Coordinator on a number of clinical trials at Columbia University - NY Presbyterian Hospital, examining the effects of Cognitive Remediation treatments for clients with Schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses. I have responsibility for curating and restoring the clinical data for CAPS.


See also a list of our Clinical Advisory Board members here.

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