Cheng Li received the PhD degree in 2001 from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2001, he joined the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard School of Public Health to complete a postdoctoral fellowship and was appointed an assistant professor in 2002. He has played a seminal role in the development of model-based analysis of oligonucleotide microarrays and the software package DNA-Chip Analyzer (dChip).
William Stafford Noble (formerly William Noble Grundy) received the PhD degree in computer science and cognitive science from the University of California San Diego in 1998. After a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with David Haussler at the University of California Santa Cruz, he became an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University. In 2002, he joined the faculty of the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. His research group develops and applies statistical and machine learning techniques for modeling and understanding biological processes at the molecular level. Dr. Noble is the recipient of a US National Science Foundation CAREER award and is a Sloan Research Fellow.