Dr. Melliyal Annamalai is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle. She is with the media technologies group, which stores and manages image, audio, and video data in the database. Her work at Oracle includes understanding requirements of specialized domains and incorporating specific needs in software design. Her recent projects include a detailed exploration of media management requirements in the Bioinformatics domain. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Purdue University, and is the author of several publications and a patent. She is part of the Life Sciences focus group at Oracle and participates in Oracle panels and discussions related to Bioinformatics technologies.