Rebecca Boyles has nearly 20 years of experience in environmental health science research with a focus on data science applications, including data management technologies and data integration. She has particular expertise designing data-driven research methods and architectures to support research collaborations. She is currently serves as a senior scientist and the director for RTI's Research Systems and Data Management. Ms. Boyles directs the development and implementation of research data infrastructure, data harmonization, and integration. She also creates and manages data analysis pipelines and oversees Web-based systems content. She serves as the subject matter expert for working group domains, writing proposals and identifying business development opportunities, and enjoys guiding the strategic partnerships leading to innovations in Data Management and Scientific Computing. As a co-principal investigator for NHLBI BioData Catalyst Coordinating Center, she coordinates cross-team software development efforts, enabling secure data access and federated computing in multiple cloud environments. She oversees, plans, and directs software development across multiple teams and geographies, ensuring user-centric product and links with NIH Data Commons projects.
While a data scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Ms. Boyles clarified the strategic vision for the environmental health science data ecosystem leveraging existing data assets to respond to timely public health issues. She identified opportunities to catalyze scientific advancements in chemical safety and public health through interactions with broad stakeholder groups. She also liaised with leadership and served as Science Officer on the Data Discovery Index, Frameworks for Community-Based Standards, and The Center for Predictive Computational Phenotyping.
Ms. Boyles leveraged her background working with in vitro models to include mode of action analysis in a number of health assessments. Her work regularly necessitated collaboration building, while managing parallel and divergent priorities and deadlines, producing documents and communicating politically sensitive and scientifically complex assessments. Her projects led to the creation of the DRAGON analysis and data management tools as well as contributing to Environmental Protection Agency’s Health & Environmental Research Online program.