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Neil Andrews, PRF Executive Editor

Neil is a veteran science writer and editor who specializes in providing online content for researchers and clinicians working in the biomedical arena. He earned an undergraduate degree in psychobiology from Hamilton College, a master of science degree in science journalism from Boston University, and a master of arts degree in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 2005-2013 he held senior editorial positions, including managing editor and features editor, at IBMS BoneKEy, an online journal and knowledge environment, published by Nature Publishing Group, that he helped grow into one of the premier publications in the field of osteoporosis and bone biology. Neil joined PRF in 2012 as co-Executive Editor. Contact Neil by clicking here.


Tim Clark, Director of Informatics, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND)


Tim Clark, PhD, is a researcher in biomedical informatics with over 24 years of experience in the field. He is Director of Informatics at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease; Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School; directs the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Biomedical Informatics Core; and co-directs the Data and Statistics Core at the Massachusetts Alzheimer Disease Research Center. Dr. Clark is also a Founding Editorial Board member of the journal Briefings in Bioinformatics, and an Advisory Board member for F1000 Research. Before coming to Harvard, Tim was Vice President of Informatics at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, where his team built one of the first integrated bio- and chemi-informatics software platforms in the pharmaceutical industry. He began his career in life science informatics at the NCBI/NIH, where he led the database development team for NCBI GenBank. Tim's core research group is based in the Neurology Research Department of MGH, where it works in the areas of neuroinformatics, semantic web, and social computing. Dr. Clark’s academic training is in Computer Science. He earned his MS at Johns Hopkins University; and his PhD at the University of Manchester (UK) under Professor Carole Goble, with a dissertation on the sociotechnical architecture and computational semantics of biomedical communications.

Sudeshna Das, Head of Web Development for PRF

Sudeshna Das is a bioinformatics researcher at the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND). She is an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School and an associate in neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research interests include development of biomedical web communities and repositories that incorporate Semantic Web technologies. She has led the development of several communities including StemBook, PD Online Research, and a repository of blood stem cell data with the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Blood Program. Sudeshna earned her PhD in biomedical engineering from Boston University, where she studied computational methods for protein structure prediction, and was formerly Associate Director of Computational Science at Millennium Pharmaceuticals. 

M. Emily Merrill, Bioinformatics Engineer

M. Emily Merrill is a bioinformatician and software developer at MIND Informatics. She has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Oberlin College and a master's in bioinformatics from Northeastern. Between degrees, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana, South America, where she worked with the Region 6 Department of Education to integrate educational technology into local schools. Her primary work is on eXframe, a Drupal-based re-usable software platform that allows researchers to store, share, and analyze their experiment data. eXframe is also the underlying software for the experimental repository of the Stem Cell Commons. There, Emily has dual roles as both bioinformatics software developer and curator. She has worked at MIND Informatics since 2010.

We extend our special thanks to Adrian Ivinson, Founder of PRF, whose unwavering support of the site helped it grow into the established and trusted resource for the worldwide pain research community that it is today. We also thank Jake Strawn and Paul Northup for implementation of the design, to past MIND Informatics team members St├ęphane Corlosquet and Nicholas Maloney for site development and maintenance, and to past PRF team members Pat McCaffrey, founding Executive Editor of PRF and later PRF News Editor, and Megan Talkington for web editing and production.


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Banner art drawn by Phoebe Nesgos, from a camera lucida original by Helga Kolb and Nicholas Cuenca, Moran Eye Center, University of Utah.