Asif Chinwalla, MS, MBA

Head of Scientific Computing

Department of Biomedical & Health Informatics (DBHi)

Asif Chinwalla is Head of Scientific Computing responsible for enabling platforms and methods to solve large-scale scientific and engineering research problems. He oversees the scientific, computational and architectural implementation to enable large-scale workflows and secure data management platforms for the D3b Center. He also works closely with the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) initiative to adopt their standardized frameworks to ensure compatibility and inter-operability with the genomic sequence and metadata.

Prior to joining CHOP in August of 2015, Asif worked for more than 15 years leading cross-functional teams with diverse technical backgrounds in the areas of operational & strategic planning to both develop and implement scalable, high-throughput, computational informatics and data integration platforms. He previously held positions as an Emerging Strategy Lead at Monsanto as well as Director of Informatics at the Genome Center at the Washington University School of Medicine (St. Loius, MO).  Asif contributed to the Human Genome Project, Human Microbiome Project, and The Cancer Genome Atlas.

Asif earned BS & MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He also completed an Executive MBA from Washington University.  He is committed to enabling emerging technologies to democratize data and analysis.  “Bermuda Principles” – To make the entire sequences and analyses freely available in the public domain for both research and development in order to maximize benefits to society, and accelerate research in improving health care, and treatments for all.