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Raquell Holmes

Dr. Raquell Holmes is a researcher and educator skilled in supporting scientists crossing disciplinary and cultural barriers to advance their own abilities and to broaden the scope of their research.  Holmes uses her understanding of computing, computation and biology to create interdisciplinary research projects and increase participation in the computational sciences.  She is developing an approach to creating learning communities, organizations and research groups that is based on cutting edge educational and psychological discoveries of performance.  Dr. Holmes created improvscience to develop scientists’ skills in collaboration and innovation.  She is a pioneering organizer of an increasing network of scientists addressing improvisation in science education and research.

As a member of the high performance computing community, Dr. Holmes brings new people into advanced scientific computing through a variety of NSF sponsored education and outreach efforts. She has chaired the broader engagement effort at SC and been an active designer of community programs within the SC-conferences.  Holmes is the co-creator of the New England Undergraduate Computing Symposium and the High Performance Computing Leadership Development Community.

She has years of experience leading research and educational efforts that focus on understanding biological systems at the cellular level through the use of mathematical models, numerical simulation and visualization tools.  Her handbook “A Cell Biologist’s Guide to Modeling and Bioinformatics” introduces biologists to dynamic models and computational tools.  She is active in the American Society for Cell Biology education and minority affairs community as well as a frequent contributor to the Annual BioPhysical Society and bi-annual Computational Cell Biology meetings.

Dr. Holmes received her bachelor’s degree in cell biology from University of California Santa Cruz and her PhD in cellular, molecular and developmental biology from Tufts University. She was a research fellow at the Dept. of Pathology at Harvard, and the Dana Farber Cancer Center prior to joining Boston University at the Center for Computational Science. She held a second faculty appointment at the Center for Cell Analysis and Modeling, University of Connecticut Health Center where she also served as the Director of Outreach, Recruitment and Retention. Dr. Holmes continues her appointment at Boston University and recently accepted an adjunct appointment at the Mathematical, Computational, Modeling Sciences Center at Arizona State University.