Informatics MIDB Service Hubs

Informatics Hub: Support Informatics needs across the data lifecycle for a broad array of research activities relevant to brain health

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Our Expertise

The Informatics Hub supports informatics needs across the entire data lifecycle with expertise in:

Data Management/Cyberinfrastructure Development – Standardizing and/or developing data workflows for the input, storage, and output of data from multiple sources. This includes tasks like data ingestion, transformation, conversion, and versioning.

Data Stewardship – Managing the onboarding and offboarding of data users, developing documentation for data access control and policy, and auditing user access of data.

Data Compliance – Ensuring and documenting that data workflows and systems comply with internal and external regulatory and operational data security requirements.

Development Operations – Supporting research applications and data infrastructure including customized LORIS deployments.

Neuroimaging Informatics – Running standardized pipelines such as fMRIPrep, image preprocessing and processing, and providing solutions for data analysis, storage, and sharing.

Our Leadership

MIDB Leaders

Jesse Erdmann
Senior Architect for Advanced Computing Projects, Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

Timothy Hendrickson, MS
Neuroimaging Informatics Manager, Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

Thomas Pengo, PhD
Co-Director of Research Informatics, Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

Jeff Shi, PhD
Informatics Manager, Minnesota Supercomputing Institute


Jesse Erdmann

Jesse Erdmann
Senior Architect for Advanced Computing Projects

Timothy hendrickson

Timothy Hendrickson, MS
Neuroimaging Informatics Manager

Thomas Pengo

Thomas Pengo, PhD
Director of MIDB Informatics Hub

Jeff Shi

Jeff Shi, PhD
Informatics Project Lead

Data Management and Compliance

Monalisa Bilas

Monalisa Bilas, MIS
Data Manager
Research Consultant


Amanda Bullert, PhD
Data Manager
Research Consultant

Naomi Hospodarsky

Naomi Hospodarsky, MSc
Research Security and Compliance Analyst

Borgne Raasch

Borgne Raasch
Data Steward

Rachel Huxford

Rachael Huxford, PhD
Data Manager
Research Consultant

Informatics Neuroimaging

Erik Lee

Erik Lee
Senior Neuroimaging Analyst



Kimberleigh Breen, BA
Linux Systems DevOps Engineer
Data Manager

Anders Skaar

Anders Skaar
Linux Systems DevOps Engineer

Deven Willis

Devin Willis
Linux Systems DevOps Engineer

Project Management

yolanda gondwe

Yolanda Gondwe, MPH
Research Project Manager

Maren MacGregor-Hannah

Maren Macgregor-Hannah
Senior Research Project Manager

Examples of Our Engagement

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The Informatics Core worked with the EPINET team to outline a data workflow for the project and generate reports. We also worked with the EPINET team to deliver data exports to the EPINET National Data Coordinating CenterLearn more about EPINET.

big data

Dysfunctional State Representations in Psychosis

The Informatics Core provided assistance by formatting data, developing data dictionaries, and setting up storage locations to facilitate the primary workflows. We have also initiated creation of  more advanced repositories for future use. This project is widely distributed across several teams and multiple species. Learn more about the project here.

data sets overlapping

Brain Wide Association Studies (BWAS)

The Informatics Core performed an analysis on the entire UK BioBank data set to address the reproducibility of Brain-wide Association Studies (BWAS). This effort involved a tightly coordinated effort to manage data and computation involving 300 core-years of computation within a month (3600x speed-up) to complete this effort. 

data sets and workflow

Project Management (LORIS)

The Informatics Core developed infrastructure for deploying LORIS, a database with a web front-end for managing multi-modal brain research data.  We have deployed a proof-of-concept instance, uploaded the dataset from the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, establishing proof-of-concept configuration and remote analysis, and presenting to leadership at National Institutes of Health.