Ananth Kalyanaraman is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Washington State University. He received his Bachelors from India in 1998, and his MS and PhD from Iowa State University in 2002 and 2006, respectively, all in computer science and engineering. His main area of research interest is in high performance computational biology, with focus on developing algorithms that use high-performance computing for data-intensive problems originating from the areas of computational genomics and metagenomics. He has participated in several genome assembly and annotation efforts including maize, apple and Brachypodium. Ananth is a recipient of a DOE Early Career Award, and two best paper awards. He is a founding co-chair of the IEEE Big Data in Life Sciences workshop, has organized other workshops and mini-symposia at IEEE and SIAM conferences, and regularly serves on a number of conference program committees. His research is currently funded by NSF, DOE and USDA. Ananth is a member of AAAS, ACM, IEEE, IEEE-CS, and ISCB.