Jacobs, Gwen

Professor of Neuroscience
Cell Biology and Neuroscience
Montana State University
Professional Summary: 

Dr. Jacobs received her undergraduate training in Human Anatomy and Physiology from UC Berkeley, a Masters Degree in Physiology from UC Davis and her PhD in Neuroscience from SUNY Albany. She was on the faculty at UC Berkeley for 15 years prior to taking her current position at Montana State University where she is a Professor of Neuroscience and Interim Director of Research Computing. In addition to her faculty role, she directs the Howard Hughes Undergraduate Biology Program (2002 – 2014) and directs research computing initiatives for her campus, promoting the development of sustainable research infrastructure. Most recently she served as Interim Director of Cyberinfrastructure for the University of Hawai’i (2011 – 2012). Currently she is a Professor of Neuroscience and Interim Director of Research Computing at Montana State University.

Dr. Jacobs maintains an active research program focused on informatics and cyberinfrastructure. Recently, she led the Lariat Networking project, an effort to upgrade the physical network infrastructure in 6 rural state institutions thereby improving the research competitiveness and collaborative activities of scientists at those institutions. Her current research efforts are developing tools and approaches for data management and informatics including the Yogo Data Management Framework (http://yogo.msu.montana.edu) and the Virtual Observatory and Ecological Informatics System (VOEIS: http://voies.msu.montana.edu).

At the national level she has been engaged in science policy for many years serving on the NSF Biological Sciences Advisory Committee, the NIH National Advisory Research Resources Council, NSF TeraGrid Science Advisory Board, as chair of NIH NOIT Study Section and for iPlant and Internet 2. Currently she chairs the Science Advisory Board of the National Centers for Biomedical Computing and serves on the Advisory Boards of the Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing, University of Utah and the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research at UCSD.


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