The CellML project team

The CellML project is being coordinated by a team primarily based at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at The University of Auckland and the Cardiac Electrophysiology Group at Oxford University.

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Project team 

Associate Professor Poul Nielsen

Associate Professor Poul Nielsen

Poul Nielsen (p.nielsen@auckland.ac.nz), Professor in the Engineering Science Department and a principal investigator at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. He leads the CellML project and has been the main architect of the language. He is currently supervising several PhD projects that are developing new aspects of CellML.

Professor Peter Hunter

Professor Peter Hunter

Peter Hunter (p.hunter@auckland.ac.nz), Professor of Engineering Science and Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. He heads the IUPS Physiome Project under which CellML is being developed. His main role in the CellML Project is to to ensure continued funding for developing the website, model repository and associated CellML tool development in Auckland and to coordinate CellML with the Physiome Project.

Randall Britten

Randall Britten

Randall Britten (r.britten@auckland.ac.nz) is a software developer at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. Randall is developing the libCellML project.

Mike Cooling

Mike Cooling

Mike Cooling (m.cooling@auckland.ac.nz) PhD, has a background in software development and management consulting. He is a Research Scientist at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute with interests in modularity and reuse of CellML models, mathematical cardiology, computational immunology, modelling workflow, signal transduction pathways and synthetic biology.

Jonathan Cooper

Jonathan Cooper

Jonathan Cooper (jonathan.cooper@cs.ox.ac.uk) is a Research Fellow in Computational Science based in the Computational Biology Group at the University of Oxford, with a background in computer science, software engineering, and computational biology. He has been developing tools supporting CellML since 2005, most notably the PyCml suite within Chaste, which enables robust and efficient use of CellML cell model descriptions within large scale cardiac simulations. Jonathan is currently developing the concept of "functional curation", which supports the specification of experiments through a protocol language, allowing an in silico version of a wet lab experiment to be run on a range of alternative (CellML) models and the results compared.  

Edmund Crampin

Edmund Crampin

Edmund Crampin () is the Rowden White Chair of Systems and Computational Biology at the University of Melbourne. He is Director of the Systems Biology Laboratory at the Melbourne School of Engineering and Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics and the School of Medicine. His research focuses on developing mathematical and computational models to investigate the molecular networks underlying complex human diseases, in particular heart disease and cancer.

Alan Garny

Alan Garny

Alan Garny (alan.garny@inria.fr) is a senior research scientist. Alan studied software engineering before undertaking a DPhil in the group of Denis Noble at the University of Oxford. Alan's expertise is in cardiac electrophysiological modelling, from single cell to tissue level, as well as in the development of cardiac modelling tools (he is the author of COR, the first public CellML-based environment). He is currently the project manager and lead developer of OpenCOR (a replacement for  COR and OpenCell), as well as still being involved in cardiac electrophysiological modelling.

David Nickerson

David Nickerson

David Nickerson (d.nickerson@auckland.ac.nz), PhD in Bioengineering, is a Senior Research Fellow in the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at The University of Auckland where he leads the Auckland Kidney Physiome project. David is also involved in many aspects of the CellML project as well as various cardiac modelling projects. He also develops several CellML-related software tools.

Penny Noble

Penny Noble

Penny Noble (penny.noble@dpag.ox.ac.uk) has been a member of the Oxford Cardiac Electrophysiology Group (OCEG) in England since 1996. Her initial work was in the maintenance of the group's simulation software package Oxsoft HEART, initially developed by Prof Denis Noble and others. More recently she has been involved in the curation work to ensure that all published cell models are publicly available in the form of CellML files. She uses the OCEG's new software Cellular Open Resource (COR) (http://cor.physiol.ox.ac.uk/) for model validation.

Sarala Wimalaratne

Sarala Wimalaratne

Sarala Wimalaratne (sarala@ebi.ac.uk) PhD, has a background in software development. She is a Software Engineer at the European Bioinformatics Institute developing tools for supporting the semantic interoperability of biomedical resources.

Tommy Yu

Tommy Yu

Tommy Yu (tommy.yu@auckland.ac.nz) is a software engineer at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. His responsibility is to continue development of the Physiome Model Repository, and support other software development related tasks for the CellML website such as the Zope/Plone based infrastructure it is built upon.

Past members

Dougal Cowan

Dougal Cowan

Dougal Cowan (dj.cowan@auckland.ac.nz) was the technical writer for the Auckland Bioengineering Institute software projects group. He was involved in writing documentation for CellML tools, especially OpenCell, and was also involved in creating documentation and content for the CellML website.

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller (ak.miller@auckland.ac.nz) was based at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and developed a range of CellML tools, including the CellML DOM API (and the associated code generation and integration services), as well as OpenCell, a graphical CellML editor. He also has an interest in the development of CellML and the associated metadata specifications, especially with regard to the simulation of models and the display of simulation results. Andrew completed a PhD on methods to combine biological knowledge with knowledge inferred by machine learning methods. He was using CellML to apply this to problems in Systems Biology.

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