Janelle Cortner, Ph.D.

Director, Data Management and Analysis Program


Dr. Cortner is director of the Data Management and Analysis Program (DMAP) within CBIIT’s Office of the Chief Information Officer. DMAP aims to build a highly secure, integrated data infrastructure that accelerates the pace of research by streamlining management and analysis of high value scientific data, promoting efficient stewardship of resources, lowering barriers to collaboration and secondary data use, and assuring that data are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).

Toward those goals, Dr. Cortner works with intramural scientists to identify and develop broadly useful data management and analysis platforms (e.g., the NIH Integrated Data Analysis Portal; the NCI HALO Digital Pathology and 2D Imaging Resource) and integrate high-impact data resources and new capabilities into the data environment.   

Dr. Cortner received dual bachelor’s of science degrees in chemistry and biology from the University of Washington, Seattle. She completed her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she studied the regulation of serum-responsive genes with Dr. Peggy Farnham. Her postdoctoral studies, with Dr. George Vande Woude, were focused on transcriptional regulation of the HGF growth factor and MET growth factor receptor. After this work, she managed scientific infrastructure resource development projects and competitive scientific funding reviews for the intramural NCI Division of Basic Sciences and Center for Cancer Research (CCR). She also oversaw numerous contractor-run efforts at NCI at Frederick for CCR and NCI’s Office of the Director ranging from the provision of shared services and dedicated laboratory support to human subject protocols, such as the Frederick Research Donor Program.


  • NIH Integrated Data Analysis Portal (NIDAP)