The Wistar Institute Names Andrew Peabody Chief Information Officer, Will Guide Expansion of Scientific Computing

The Wistar Institute Names Andrew Peabody Chief Information Officer, Will Guide Expansion of Scientific Computing

November 11, 2013

PHILADELPHIA—(November 11, 2013)—The Wistar Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Peabody to the position of Chief Information Officer. In this position, Peabody will oversee the business computing needs of the Institute, but he will also serve a vital role in providing guidance on Wistar’s extensive scientific computing needs. From the high-throughput screening of tumor genes to the advanced statistical analysis that drives bioinformatics, scientific computing has become an important tool for cancer and vaccine research at The Wistar Institute.

“Laboratory research is a data-intensive enterprise, and Wistar’s researchers require a computing infrastructure capable of sufficient capacity and design intelligence,” said Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., Wistar President and CEO. “As we continue to broaden our computational capabilities to meet the demands of our researchers, our new CIO, Andrew Peabody, will be a crucial component of our strategic planning.”

As Wistar’s CIO, Peabody will develop a strategic plan for information technology that will align with the overall vision of the Institute, which calls for further recruitment of researchers who specialize in computational biology and bioinformatics.

Peabody has more than 15 years of IT experience in the not-for-profit independent research field. Most recently, he was the Director of Information Technology at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, Washington, and responsible for all research and enterprise computing including servers and networks, high performance computing, and audio visual and computer systems support. Peabody will head Wistar’s IT department to boost the Institute’s security and network infrastructure during this time of structural change and progress.

"I am very excited to be joining The Wistar Institute and look forward to the completion of the Robert and Penny Fox Tower next year,” Peabody said. “The new open-plan laboratories and expanded computational capacity will work in tandem to support new discoveries in genetics, vaccines, and cancer research."

Peabody earned his B.A. in Business Administration, with a Minor in Computing and Software Systems, and an Executive Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, in Seattle, Washington. He is a Red Hat Certified Engineer and holds an ITIL v3Foundation certificate in IT service management. He has served on civic and advisory boards for public libraries and research networks, and is an active participant in AIRI (Association of Independent Research Institutes) and BRIITE (Biomedical Research Institutions Information Technology Exchange).

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