Dr. Mark Speck — Big Data and Biosystems Analyst, Chaminade University

Big Data and Biosystems Analyst, Chaminade University



Dr. Mark Speck originally joined Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH) as a postdoctoral researcher in Immunology and Signal Transduction in June 2012. Currently, as an adjunct faculty and staff member, he has been working on multiple ‘big data’ and visualization projects for: (1) Air Force Research Laboratories (Microbial Remediation of Hydrocarbon Spills, AFRL Minority Leaders Program); (2) Chaminade University Laboratory of Immunology and Signal Transduction (Visualization of Calcium Waves in Single Cells Using Multi-layer Conversions); (3) Chaminade University Environmental Studies Program (Pacific Fisheries Data Visualization Curriculum Module for ENV 400 course); (4) Chaminade University Department of Biology (Adermatoglyphia Transcriptional and SNP Data Visualization Module for BI307 Genetics Course); (5) Chaminade University Department of Biology, Visualization of Ecological Networks Present in the Kumulipo, Curriculum Module for BI571 Ecology Course; (6) Chaminade University Department of Biology, Visualization of Network Pharmacology for the Pacific Medicinal Plant Piper methysticum for BI495 Undergraduate Research Thesis Courses. He is also the Data Scientist in Residence at Hālau ‘Īnana Native Hawaiian Collaboratorium, Kamehameha Schools. He is helping the university develop it’s Data Science certification curriculum as well as integrating data science skills into existing courses. They are exposing students to data lifecycles and approaches to large data sets so that they are competent and knowledgeable in these analytical skills essential in the modern workplace. He believes they are well positioned to offer underrepresented minorities such as Native Hawaiian and Pacific islanders a chance at accessing important data and working in multidisciplinary teams to answer questions and solve problems relevant to their culture and future.