Primary Investigators

Orit Shaer (781) 283-3093

Orit Shaer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Media Arts and Sciences at Wellesley College. She directs the Wellesley College HCI Lab. Her research in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) focuses on 3D, tangible, tabletop, and mobile interaction as well as on computer-supported collaborative learning. Her current projects include the design and evaluation of a tabletop user interface for genomic research , and the development of computational tools for enhancing innovation in bio-design. Dr Shaer is a recipient of several National Science Foundation and industry awards including the prestigious NSF CAREER Award and Google App Engine Education Award. She received her PhD and MSc in Computer Science from Tufts University.

Oded Nov (718) 260-3562

Oded Nov is an Associate Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He received his PhD from Cambridge University. His research focuses on motivational, dispositional and social aspects of peer production and social participation. Dr. Nov is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the National Academies Keck Futures Award, and Google Focused Research Award. Nov's work has been covered by Scientific American, New York Times, National Public Radio, and NBC.

Madeleine Ball (718) 260-3562

Madeleine Price Ball is Senior Research Scientist at, where she is co-founder of the Open Humans project. Previously a postdoctoral fellow in George Church’s lab at Harvard University, she remains Director of Research at the Harvard Personal Genome Project. Her current research interest is developing methods for detecting and evaluating trait-causing variants found with whole genome sequencing.