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. Prof. Welch was formerly a faculty member at New Jersey Institute of Technology and at the University of Texas at Arlington. He 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. Dr. Welch has more than twenty years of research experience in the area of high performance computing. In his graduate work at Ohio State University, he developed high performance 3-D graphics rendering algorithms, and he invented a parallel virtual machine for object-oriented software. For 15 years, his research focused on middleware and optimization algorithms for high performance computing; this work produced three successive generations of adaptive resource management middleware for high performance real-time systems, and resulted in four patents and more than 150 publications. 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). As Founding Chair of the Ohio Bioinformatics Consortium, an Affiliated Regional Group of the International Society on Computational Biology, Dr. Welch has been an active member of the Regional Affiliates Committee of the ISCB. He is the Principal Investigator of the $9M Bioinformatics Program which is funded by the Ohio Board of Regents and eleven academic institutions from Ohio. Prof. Welch is founder and Co-Chair of the ISMB Special Interest Group on Bioinformatics for Regulatory Genomics (BioRegSIG). He has served on the organizing committees of the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference, the ISMB Special Interest Group on Genome-scale Pattern Analysis in the Post-ENCODE Era, the International Symposium on Bioinformatics Research and Applications, and the IEEE International Symposium on Bioinformatics and Bioengineering.