eScience Executive Director
Micaela Parker became the Executive Director of the eScience Institute in September 2016, a position she job shares with Sarah Stone. Together with Dr. Stone, Dr. Parker handles both day-to-day eScience operations and participates in strategic planning. Together they serve as the primary contacts for university and industry partners, funding agencies and the public. Dr. Parker also manages the budgets and has fiscal oversight of the Institute, working closely with University administration and eScience sponsors. She joined the eScience Institute as a Program Manager in 2014.
Prior to joining eScience, Dr. Parker was a Research Scientist in the Armbrust lab in the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington. She has been involved in many large, interdisciplinary research projects bridging oceanography and genomics/(meta)transcriptomics of non-model organisms. Her research included experimental and bioinformatic approaches with emphasis on large-scale next generation sequencing applied to topics such as: algal physiology and metabolism, comparative functional and evolutionary genomics, marine microbial interactions, and the responses of marine microbial communities to their environment. Coming from a large data domain science, she appreciates the new data-driven world for all its benefits and challenges to domain scientists. She now enjoys facilitating research collaborations to help domain scientists navigate this fourth scientific paradigm.