- About Us
Members of the Scientific Board include:
Dr. Michael J. Becich is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics and the founding chair of a new Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He is jointly appointed as Professor of Pathology as well as Information Sciences and Telecommunications.
Dr. Becich holds an MD and a PhD in Experimental Pathology from Northwestern University and his research interests are in cancer biology and biomedical informatics. His current research focuses on developing tools to couple clinical data (phenomics) to expression data derived from high throughput genomics and proteomics and imaging repositories.
He leads the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute’s participation in the Cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid and is co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School’s newly funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute. He was a founder of two startups, Tissue Informatics and InterScope Technologies (formerly Trestle Corp.), which were merged into Clinical Data and Zeiss.
Dr. Becich is an expert in whole slide imaging applied to clinical and research issues in Pathology. He is a member of 13 professional societies and has published more than 140 papers that contribute to the mission of Biomedical Informatics as applied to Translational Medicine. Of note, Dr. Becich founded the nation’s first Pathology Informatics fellowship program and the Advancing Practice Instruction and Innovation through Informatics (APIII) conference which now has been renamed as Pathology Informatics 20XX.
Dr. George K. Michalopoulos is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Michalopoulos received his medical doctoral degree at Athens University School of Medicine in 1969. He obtained a residency in Anatomic Pathology and a Ph.D. in Oncology at the Wisconsin Medical Center in Madison in 1977. Dr. Michalopoulos moved to Duke University as Assistant Professor in 1977 and stayed at Duke University until 1991. He then moved to Pittsburgh as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pathology in April, 1991. He served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Interim Dean of the School of Medicine from November 1995, until November 1998. His work focuses on molecular pathways related to liver regeneration and liver pathology.