Position title: Director, Research Cyberinfrastructure, DoIT
Jan Cheetham is the Research Cyberinfrastructure Liaison in the Office of the CIO. Jan has a BS in Zoology from University of Maryland College Park and a PhD in Biochemistry from UW–Madison. She has spent the past 18 years developing and leading IT services and programs for research and teaching/learning at DoIT, after transitioning to IT from a career teaching biology and conducting research in cell biology/biochemistry. Over the years, Jan has developed and supported programs/services to support the research life cycle, including electronic lab notebooks, research data management, advanced computing, and network innovations to support data-driven research.
Jan blends her passion for science with her expertise in IT to sustain and grow cyberinfrastructure that enhances researchers’ productivity and enables new pathways to discovery. She partners with faculty, central/local IT, research administration, and the libraries to plan, deliver, and support a range of IT services for all researchers and to provide capabilities and support for large multi-institutional projects with campus and national/international impact. She helps forge strategic partnerships and relationships with vendors, peer institutions, and national organizations to vision and develop innovative new components of cyberinfrastructure that will accelerate discovery at the UW-Madison and, more broadly, advance the national research agenda.