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Jaques Reifman, Ph.D., is a Department of the Army Senior Research Scientist, part of the Army’s Senior Executive corps. He serves in the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command’s (USAMRMC) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center, at Fort Detrick, Maryland, and as the Director of the Command’s Bioinformatics Cell (BIC) and the newly created Department of Defense (DoD) Biotechnology High Performance Computing Software Applications Institute for Force Health Protection (BHSAI). The Army recruited Dr. Reifman in 2001 from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois, where he served as a Section Manager. Over a 12-year tenure at Argonne, he conducted and led research efforts in the development of computational methods and application of artificial intelligence and statistical pattern recognition algorithms. As a Department of the Army Senior Scientist, Dr. Reifman advises, consults, and conducts research in a broad range of disciplines, including medical- and bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, data mining, mathematical modeling and simulation, high-performance computing, computer-based decision support, genomics and proteomics, systems biology and network science, and computer science technologies for medical applications. He created the computational biology research capability for the U.S. Army and the DoD from scratch. Composed of physical scientists with backgrounds in computational chemistry and computational biology, computer science, bioinformatics, mathematics, and engineering, the BIC and the BHSAI complement and collaborate with the DoD’s life scientists in pursuing interdisciplinary research to develop medical countermeasures of military relevance. In his role, Dr. Reifman interacts with senior military leaders, scientists, and investigators throughout the USAMRMC and the DoD, and scientists and executives from other government agencies, academia, and the private sector. Recently, he was appointed to chair the DoD Armed Services Biomedical Research Evaluation and Management (ASBREM) Committee, Joint Technical Coordinating Group 1: Bio & Medical Informatics. Dr. Reifman has authored over 90 peer-reviewed technical publications and book chapters and is the inventor of five U.S. patents. He is the recipient of a 1998 R&D 100 Award presented annually by R&D Magazine for the “most significant technical products of the year,” the 1990 Mark Mills Award presented annually by the American Nuclear Society to “honor a graduate student for the best original technical paper contributing to the advancement of nuclear science and engineering,” and the Argonne National Laboratory’s Productivity Award (1995, 1997, and 1999) “in recognition of performance significantly beyond job expectations in areas of importance to the Laboratory.” Born in 1957 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Reifman received his Ph.D. and Masters in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1989 and 1985, respectively. He also obtained a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Rio de Janeiro Federal University in 1985, and a B.S. in Engineering from the Rio de Janeiro State University in 1980.