Dr. Tarca is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and he is the founding Director of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Unit of the Perinatology Research Branch (PRB) of the NICHD. Before joining the Department of Computer Science of WSU and the PRB in 2005, he was trained in engineering, machine learning and bioinformatics in Romania, France and Canada. Early in his career at WSU, he developed the Signaling Pathway Impact Analysis (SPIA) (>800 citations) as well as Pathway Analysis with Down-weighting of Overlapping Genes (PADOG), which are in the top tier of the Bioconductor repository of software tools for omics data analysis, based on user downloads. These methods can be used to interpret high-dimensional gene expression data to identify the biological pathways involved in a given condition under the study. Dr. Tarca has also received multiple top awards in machine learning competitions including IMPROVER and DREAM challenges. With collaborators from the Perinatology Research Branch he has pioneered personalized approaches to assess fetal growth and the risk of preterm birth based on ultrasound imaging data. He has authored >150 publications with and h-index of 48.