Professor Lonnie R. Welch received a Ph.D. in Computer and Information Science from the Ohio State University. Currently, he is the Stuckey Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio University, and he is a member of the Graduate Faculties of the Biomedical Engineering Program and of the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. Dr. Welch performs research in the areas of bioinformatics, computational regulatory genomics, machine learning and high performance computing. His research has been sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Ohio Plant Biotechnology Consortium, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Ohio Board of Regents. Currently, Professor Welch directs the Bioinformatics Laboratory at Ohio University, where he performs research in the area of computational regulatory genomics. Dr. Welch the founder and Chair of the Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics and the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (an official conference of the International Society on Computational Biology).