Jonathan serves as Chief Research Officer for the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, at the University of California, Berkeley. His work brings researchers together in support of data-intensive scientific research, including tools, methods, systems, and workflows.
Throughout his career, Jonathan has focused on the promotion of science, education and open culture. As a consultant for 15 years, his clients have included both nonprofit and for-profit businesses focused on these topics. In 2005 he founded and led a startup called ClearBits, providing online services to host and distribute open-licensed media. He has experience with business management, web services and software development, and with biomedical and healthcare informatics systems.
Jonathan served as Director of PLOS Labs at the Public Library of Science, a nonprofit science publisher. PLOS Labs was an internal incubator initiative focused on future products and services, and enabling more effective, faster, and more open science communication. He previously served as Director of Network Development for Cancer Commons, a nonprofit, Platform Evangelist at BitTorrent, a Silicon Valley startup, and Business Development Director at SRI International, an independent R&D firm.
Jonathan remains active in the venture community, formerly advising the Stanford/MIT Venture Lab, serving as advisor and board member to Bay Area startups and as a judge at venture pitch competitions. He previously taught entrepreneurship at the California College of the Arts in their Design Strategy MBA program. Prior consulting work focused on providing business strategy and technical implementation for building and maintaining community within technology startups. He was co-founder of BioE2E, the San Francisco bay area 501c3 nonprofit community for teaching entrepreneurship and startup essentials to biotech professionals. Jonathan currently chairs the board of directors for Phoenix Bioinformatics.
Jonathan completed his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2002 in biomedical informatics, where he developed nonlinear mathematical simulation models for protein structure modeling. He raises two teenage children and lives in Berkeley, CA.