Randi Vita, M.D.

Lead Ontology and Quality Manager

Biosketch:
I graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1991 with a degree in biology. I then worked in a rheumatology lab under Dr. Peter Lipsky at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. I continued a research career in the allergy laboratory of Rafeul Alam throughout my training at The University of Texas Medical Branch, School of Medicine, graduating with an M.D. and special honors in immunology in 1988. After a clinical research fellowship at the Shriners Burns Institute, Surgery Department, Galveston, Texas, I came to The La Jolla Institute for Immunology to complete a basic research fellowship in the laboratory of Amnon Altman. I have been working on the Immune Epitope Database and Analysis Project (IEDB) since 2005.

Research Focus:
My interests include data management, ontology development, and ontology integration into databases in order to allow interoperability and sophisticated reasoning. Additionally, I am interested in data accuracy and reproducibility, as well as transparency and free access to data and scholarly communications.

Career Goals:
I hope to facilitate the integration of formal ontologies into many public scientific resources, like the IEDB, to bring about more accurate data, interoperable data sets, and new scientific conclusions.