Anne Haake has been named Rochester Institute of Technology’s first National Science Foundation Expert in the foundation’s Division of Biological Infrastructure. Through the position, she will serve as a part-time program director assisting with proposal review, recruitment of peer reviewers, developing and revising program solicitations and assisting with new division initiatives.
Haake, a Scottsville resident, is a professor of graduate studies and research in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, where she specializes in biomedical informatics and human computer interaction. She began her career as a cell and developmental biologist at the University of Rochester, where she conducted skin research before pursuing computing and biomedical informatics.
“The division uses computer infrastructures to help solve large-scale biological problems, like understanding how genes work,” Haake says. “I’m excited because I get to tap into my biology roots.”
Haake has worked as a scientist, educator and researcher since completing a doctorate in developmental biology and a master’s in software development and management. She has co-authored a bioinformatics textbook and co-founded a usability consulting company. Her research interests have allowed her to reach across disciplines, teaching in the College of Science’s bioinformatics program and serving as a co-director of the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory in the science college’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.
“Through the NSF position, I will get a lot of valuable experience surrounding grants that I can bring back to RIT,” Haake says.