The Research Computing Advisory Committee is a topical committee in the IT Governance structure shown at

The Campus Cyberinfrastructure Plan for 2015-2020‌ outlines the strategic direction of the Research Computing infrastructure for 2015-2020. The first Campus Cyberinfrastructure Plan for 2011-2015. was successfully completed.

The Research Computing Advisory Committee is part of the UFIT. A new subcommittee has been added, to bring the full structure to the one shown in the chart.


A two-page document states the Vision for Research Computing.


The Research Computing Advisory Committee is charged as follows:

  • Make recommendations to create a sustainable and appropriate research computing environment.
  • Enable UF researchers to conduct leading-edge research.
  • Enable UF researchers to compete for resource allocations within UF and from external sponsors.
  • Encourage state, national and international partnerships with other research institutions.
  • Ensure that information resources that support research are up to date.


The chair’s notes describe the first set of meetings focused on writing the relevant section of the Strategic Plan for IT.

View the Report Archives for a full listing of all previous reports.


A research computing user group (RCUG) composed of technical experts in various fields of research who represent the needs and experience from the user community of research computing services meets monthly to ensure that the services meet the needs of the user community. At least one person with in-depth knowledge of services and technologies shall be a member of both RCAC and RCUG to ensure efficient communication between the advisory committee and the user community.

The Clinical Translational Science - IT (CTS) oversees the operation of CTS-IT which provides IT support for the activities of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The director of CTS-IT is Christopher Barnes.


Research Computing Advisory Committee Membership 
Paul Avery, ChairProfessor, Physics
Erik Deumens, Vice ChairDirector, Research Computing
Alberto RivaAssociate Scientist, Bioinformatics Core, Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research
Ana Conesa CegarraProfessor, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, IFAS & Genetics Institute
Jorge Frias-LopezCollege of Dentistry, Department of Oral Biology
Brad BarbazukFaculty Director, Bioinformatics core, Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research, Research & Graduate Programs
Bruce VogelCollege of Medicine, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
Chris VulpeCollege of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Physiological Sciences
Christopher Barnes IT Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Wei-Hsuan Jenny Lo-Ciganic Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy, College of Pharmacy
Damon Lamb Department of Psychiatry
Eric WangCollege of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Gail KeenanCollege of Nursing, Department of Family, Community and Health System Science
George MichailidisDirector, Informatics Institute
Guillaume Labilloy, ME, MBACenter for Data Solutions UF Jacksonville
Hai-Ping ChengProfessor, Physics
Jack StennerProfessor of Art and Technology, College of Art
Jeff MartensCollege of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Lauren McIntyreCollege of Medicine, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Laurie N. TaylorDigital Scholarship Librarian, Libraries
Melissa L. Rethlefsen Associate Dean, George A. Smathers Libraries, Fackler Director, Health Science Center Libraries
Nikolay Bliznyuk Associate professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, IFAS
Plato SmithData Management Librarian
Rafael Munoz-CarpenaProfessor, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Richard HennigProfessor, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering
S. BalachanderProfessor, Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Parisa RashidiProfessor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Susmita DattaColleges of Medicine and Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Biostatistics
William HoganCollege of Medicine, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
Doug SpearotProfessor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Aria Eshraghi Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology, College of Veterinary Medicine
Research Computing User GroupUnit
Erik DeumensDirector, Research Computing
David HemondIT staff, College of Pharmacy
Carl HenriksenData Manager, College of Pharmacy
Thomas SamantIT Staff, Research Computing
Ashley SandersStaff, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
Erik SchmidtIT Director, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics
Matthew M RuppertCollege of Medicine/PRISMAP Group